Messina, Sicily, Italy

Sitting on the western shore of its namesake strait, this port serves as the gateway to Sicily, the isle just off Italy’s “boot.” Major attractions include Piazza del Duomo’s cathedral and adjoining bell tower, which houses the world’s largest astronomical clock; a 12th-century church; and a regional museum with works from Caravaggio. Shore excursions embark to Sicilian sites like hillside Taormina’s ancient Greek theater or the rumbling Mount Etna. Rich soil makes the area an ideal grape-growing spot, so some tour-goers sip wine in the shadow of Europe’s highest volcano. For seaside splendor, take a boat out to Isola Bella, known as the Pearl of the Ionian Sea. Themed excursions for “The Godfather” trilogy lead movie buffs to filming locations, while history aficionados will be enchanted with tales of deserted Tindari.

Language: Italian
Currency: Euro (EUR)

Messina, Sicily, Italy Weather
Temperature (Fahrenheit)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 58 58 60 64 71 79 85 85 81 73 65 60
Low 51 50 52 55 62 69 75 76 71 65 58 53
Average 54 54 56 60 67 74 80 81 76 69 62 57
Temperature (Celsius)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 14 14 16 18 22 26 29 29 27 23 18 16
Low 11 10 11 13 17 21 24 24 22 18 14 12
Average 12 12 13 16 19 23 27 27 24 21 17 14
Precipitation
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Inches 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 4 4 5
Centimeters 13 10 8 5 3 3 3 3 5 10 10 13
Humidity
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Percent 77 77 77 77 76 74 74 78 79 80 79 77

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