Province of Messina
|Province of Messina|
Giardini Naxos, a popular resort in the Province of Messina
Map highlighting the location of the province of Messina in Italy
|• Total||3,247 km2 (1,254 sq mi)|
|Population (December 2011)|
|• Density||200/km2 (520/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Telephone prefix||090, 0941, 0942|
Messina (Italian: Provincia di Messina; Sicilian: Pruvincia di Missina) was a province in the autonomous island region of Sicily in Italy. Its capital was the city of Messina. It was replaced by the Metropolitan City of Messina.
It had an area of 3,247 square kilometres (1,254 sq mi), which amounts to 12.6 percent of total area of the island, and a total population of more 650,000. There are 108 comuni (singular: comune) in the province , see Comuni of the Province of Messina.
The province included the Aeolian Islands, all part of the comune of Lipari (with the exception of Salina). The territory is largely mountainous, with the exception of alluvial plain at the mouths of the various rivers. The largest plain is that in the area between Milazzo and Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, which, together with Messina, form a metropolitan area of some 500,000 inhabitants, one of the largest in southern Italy. Much of the population is concentrated in the coastal area, after the hill towns have been largely abandoned from the 19th century.
The main comunes by population are:
|Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto||41,157|
|Sant'Agata di Militello||13,026|
Religious Feasts and tradition
|6 december||Feast of Saint Nicholas||Saponara|
|8 december||Feast of the Immaculate Conception||Saponara|
|13 december||Feast of Saint Lucy||Santa Lucia del Mela|
|6 January||living Nativity scene||Montalbano Elicona|
|20 January||Feast of Saint Sebastian||Mistretta|
- Metropolitan City of Messina
- Strait of Messina metropolitan area
- Strait of Messina
- History of Sicily
- Aeolian Islands
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Province of Messina.|
- Province website
- Pictures, history, tourism, gastronomy, books, local products, local surnames, transportation in the province of Messina
- Travel itineraries in Messina, Taormina and Lipari Islands. Sicily TravelNet
- "Messina. I. A province of Sicily". The American Cyclopædia. 1879.