We visited Sicily earlier this month as part of our Mediterranean cruise with Celebrity. The approach via the Messina Strait was gorgeous, even though it started at 7 a.m. and I was still in my PJs. Still, it gave us a great excuse to chill out with breakfast on the balcony.
We disembarked mid morning as we had no specific plans for the day, instead, choosing to wander the streets and discover hidden gems. One such gem was the Chiesa di Santa Maria Alemanna.
This is not the biggest church in Messina, nor the most famous, but for me, the Moorish style architecture made it a winner. It reminded me of the Mesquita in Cordoba which we visited in spring.
There were virtually no other tourists visiting, so obviously it was not on everyone’s radar. The main church, Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani is huge and dominates the main square. Very grand!
We stopped for an espresso in a back street café and enjoyed a leisurely half hour watching the world go by.
The architecture of the city is amazing – all pastel colours and shabby chic styling. Certainly not what we expected and much more beautiful too.
I’m a sucker for a bit of peeling paint!