Province of Messina

Sicily, Italy

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Province of Messina
Population:
649 824

About Province of Messina

Messina (Italian: Messina Province, 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.

Geography

Territory

It had an area of 3,247 square kilometers (1,254 square miles), which amounts to 12.6 percent of the total area of the island and a total population of over 650,000. There are 108 municipalities (singular: comune) in the province , see Municipalities in the Province of Messina.

The province included the Aeolian Islands, all part of the municipality of Lipari (with the exception of Salina). The territory is largely mountainous, with the exception of the 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 about 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 since the 19th century.

The main mountain ridges are the Peloritani, up to 1,300 meters (4,300 feet) high, and the Nebrodi, up to 1,900 meters (6,200 feet), which are included in a Regional Nature Reserve.

The rivers of the province include Alcantara and Pollina, which forms the border with the province of Palermo to the west.

Main municipalities

The main communities by population are:

Religious holidays and tradition

See also

Metropolitan City of Messina

Strait of the metropolitan area of Messina

Strait of Messina

History of Sicily

Aeolian Islands

Source: Wikipedia
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