La Madonnina del Porto
La Madonnina del Porto
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,982 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Friends
The beautiful city of Messina, in the north east of the Sicily island. There are a lot of attractions.
Written May 16, 2020
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kilsythladdie
Kilsyth, UK241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
Cruise ship stop and while entering the port you can’t help admire the beautiful La Madonnina Del Porto.
It’s a amazing sight lots to see and do in Messina great place.
Written September 18, 2019
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,092 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We saw the golden statue of the Madonna as we sailed into the port of Messina on our cruise ship and so were fortunate enough to see it closer up than people on the shore The statue towers over the harbour mouth, welcoming shipping to the city of Messina and sits on top of what appears to be an old defensive bastion.
If you can get close, (or zoom in with your camera), the lady seems almost to be blessing passing shipping with her left hand raised in an open palm gesture. One of those iconic statues we will forever associate with the port of Messina.
Written July 11, 2019
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Russell C
Montefiore dell'Aso, Italy109 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
What all the reviews fail to mention is that you cannot visit it. An unpleasant and long road walk brought me to the naval base, and whilst they were very apologetic not one step closer could be taken. It is clearly a beautiful statue that you can only see in miniature from the far side of the harbour (and then only through railings). Come on Messina, you can do better than this.
Written December 5, 2018
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RichardK938
West Palm Beach, FL728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
This statue sits on a jetty and welcomes ships entering Messina Harbor. Since public statues of religious figures seem to be disappearing in the USA, this one is especially nice and welcoming for U.S citizens
Written December 5, 2018
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EMMA L
PALM COAST75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This attraction at the harbor could be seen from our breakfast balcony at the Garibaldi B&B. It's a monument of the Madonna dedicated to Messina. It's even prettier at night when it is lit up. Unfortunately there were not fireworks like in this picture while we were there.
Written May 20, 2017
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VKauf2014
Fort Lauderdale, FL218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Folklore has it that in the days of the Apostle Paul, messengers were sent to Mary, Jesus' mother, to ask her to write a letter to the new Christians. She was reputed to have done so, enclosing a lock of her hair with it. The last line of the letter was converted to Latin and is fixed on the pedestal of this golden statue of the Madonna in the port. It is translated as "We bless you and your city."
Written May 27, 2016
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@JT3AZ
Phoenix, Arizona4,944 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
The Stele Madonna della Lettera (Our Lady of the Letter Monument) is on the tip of the spit that protects Messina Harbor and stands almost 200 feet tall. The brilliantly gilded statue of Madonna blessing those coming and going was such a peaceful sight. On the seawall base, it is written in Latin "VOS ET IPSAM CIVITATEM BENEDICIMUS" which reads "I Bless You And Your City." The monument was consecrated in 1934.
Written April 18, 2016
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Sally62
Northampton, UK5,790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Huge statue to the Madonna at the entrance to the harbour - 200 feet tall, it was built in 1934. The inscription on the fort below the statue is supposedly the blessing on a letter from the Madonna to the people of Messina - 'I bestow my benediction upon you and your city.'
Written June 19, 2024
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Seeking True Quality
Europe4,846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
When we arrived at the port, we immediately saw the high column with the Statue of the Madonna of the Letter on top of it, erected at the very tip of the natural inlet protecting the harbour.
As it was very windy, our first thought was that this harbour really needed protection from the elements! Known for the presence of treacherous currents between the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas, the Strait of Messina looks dangerous even in the XXI. century. Caps off to those professionals who keep the naval traffic flowing between Sicily and Calabria, especially those ferries with railway carriages onboard! We all remember how Odysseus was struggling between Scylla and Charybdis!
Written April 29, 2024
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