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Messina

Italian comune
NameMessina
Official nameComune di Messina
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
ProvinceMessina
Total Area81.5 sq mi (211.2 km2)
Total Population243252 (May 2009)
DemonymMessinesi, Peloritani
Elevation9.8 ft (3 m)
Patron saintMadonna of the Letter
Saint day3 June
Area code090

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Messina (-itmesˈsiːna-It-Messina is the third largest city on the island of Sicily, Italy and the capital of the province of Messina. It has a population of about 250,000 inhabitants in the city proper and about 650,000 in the province. It is located near the northeast corner of Sicily, at the Strait of Messina, just opposite Villa San Giovanni on the mainland.

The main economical resources of the city are: the port (commercial and military), provided with several shipyards; agriculture (including wine production and the cultivation of lemons, oranges, mandarin oranges and olives); tourism.

The city has been a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Archimandrite seat since 1548 and is home to a locally important international fair.


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