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Messina (/məˈsiːnə/; Italian pronunciation: [mesˈsiːna] , Sicilian: Missina; Latin: Messana, Greek: Μεσσήνη) is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. It is the 3rd largest city on the island of Sicily, and the 13th largest city in Italy, with a population of more than 238,000 inhabitants in the city proper and about 650,000 in the Metropolitan City. It is located near the northeast corner of Sicily, at the Strait of Messina, opposite Villa San Giovanni on the mainland, and has close ties with Reggio Calabria. The city's main resources are its seaports (commercial and military shipyards), cruise tourism, commerce, and agriculture (wine production and cultivating lemons, oranges, mandarin oranges, and olives). The city has been a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Archimandrite seat since 1548 and is home to a locally important international fair. The city has the University of Messina, founded in 1548 by Ignatius of Loyola. Messina has a light rail system, Tranvia di Messina, that was opened on 3 April 2003. This line is 7.7 kilometres (4.8 mi) and links the city's central railway station with the city centre and harbour. The city is home to a significant Greek-speaking minority, rooted in its history and officially recognised.


Messina is located in the northeast region of Sicily and is the third largest city on the island. Known for its seaport and cruise system, the place draws a lot of visitors who come here to enjoy its surrounding and activities. The place is also popular for its fresh and vivid produces, from lemons, oranges to wine and what not! Home to the University of Messina, the city boasts of a lovely culture, rich in history and arts that one can see on their visit here. The place is replete with plenty of attractions with the prominent one being The Cathedral of Messina. Apart from that, there are other places like The Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Carmelo and such. For those who are exclusively into architecture, they can visit places The Palazzo Calapaj and The Forte Gonzaga and check out its buildings. The place is perfect for backpackers and explorers who like to delve into the culture and get a better understanding of it.

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Facts and Stats for Messina*

  • Pollution Statistics in Messina

    Know the pollution level of Messina before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (High)
  • Messina: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Messina for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Messina.

    • Burglary and Theft 75 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 100 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 100 (Very High)
    • Attacks 100 (Very High)
    • Drug offense 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 100 (Very High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 75 (High)
  • Living in Messina - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 29.41 (Low)
    • Climate Index 97.52 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 56.9 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 22.22 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Messina

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Messina

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.24 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.01 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 93.2 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 89.49 USD

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