Santuario Rupestre di San Antonio da Padova


The evocative remains of this 13th-century church sit astride a cactus-covered hillside overlooking Capo Milazzo's crystal-clear waters. It was here that San Antonio da Padova famously sought refuge after a January 1221 shipwreck. Between the 16th and 18th centuries the original church was significantly spruced up with new altars and marble bas-reliefs, before falling into its current ruined state.

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