The Greek theatre (Teatro Greco) and Mount Etna, Taormina, Sicily; The Greek theatre with smoking Mount Etna volcano in the background, Taormina, Sicily, Italy

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Underrated Messina sits on a curved harbour at the northernmost point of Sicily's Ionian Coast, a few kilometres from the Italian mainland. A major transport hub for centuries, it remains an important gateway to and from the island.


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