Messina is the third largest city in the region. The first human colonies were from Greece and it was an important gateway to the Mediterranean sea and Italy.
In 1908, records show that an immense earthquake devastated a large portion of the city and it took a long time to rebuild. Today Messina is still a thriving port and hugely important for Sicily’s economy. As the main Catholic church in Messina, the Duomo has stood since 1551 and was built by a renowned architect from Florence who worked together with Michelangelo.