Lat: 38° 12' 45.20811" N - Long: 15° 36' 13.85101" E
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If you had never been in Sicily and have never crossed the Strait of Messina, you can't understand what is felt every time you cross this stretch of sea.
A breathtaking view of both the Calabrian and Sicilian coasts that is worth seeing at least once in lifetime.
All the civilizations that in the course of history have appeared on the strait have crossed it, yearning to conquer Sicily, in front of them.
In the narrowest stretch is about 3.2 km wide.
When the Tyrrhenian Sea presents low tide, the Ionian Sea is in high tide and the opposite happens at the next change of tide.
The difference in level that is created determines that periodically the waters of one and the other basin are poured into the contiguous one.
Currents mean that the waters of the strait are richer in plankton, which favors a greater fish diversity.
The Strait of Messina is a fundamental reservoir of biodiversity.
Numerous purely Atlantic species, only in the Strait of Messina can form well-structured communities forming real underwater forests.
In marine areas far from the strait, the Tyrrhenian Sea is colder and less salty than the Ionian Sea, while along the entire Sicilian coast between Capo Taormina and Messina the ionic waters in the superficial layers are colder than those found at the same altitude in other areas of the Ionian Sea.
It can happen, walking along the banks of the strait, to see high depth molluscs brought back by violent storms that tear them from the deep waters.
Another interesting phenomenon is the mirage, called "Fata Morgana" which in particular weather conditions can be admired from the Calabrian coasts.
Today we discover...
Grifeo Castle of Partanna
One of the best preserved western Sicilian castles
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