Milazzo

Milazzo is a town of 32,550 inhabitants in the province of Messina. This city offers the best of themselve in bathing season: the city, being situated on a bay has two beaches, one pebbly (to the west) and sand (to the east).

It is also the starting point for all connections with the Aeolian Islands, through a hydrofoil service and ships.
From Greek colonization to the Roman Empire The presence of urban settlements in the territory of Milazzo, let assume that the presence of man in this part of Sicily is attributable to the period neolitico.Milazzo was founded by Zancle inhabitants, today Messina, because the importance of the polis lay in strategic position on the Strait and was sandwiched between the sea and the mountain, then it was dependent on its territorial development. The Zanclei founded a sub-colony in a peninsula and promontory, completely turned towards the Aeolian Islands: Mylai, Mylae called by the Romans and then by the Arabs Melaz, then Milazzo.L'acropoli stood on the hill, where today It located the medieval castle, the town at the foot and down the hill, where today there is the Borgo Antico, the old town, and the necropolis on the isthmus that borders the cape, where there is the town was first odierno.Milazzo an important trading center and port of the island, especially for its proximity to the Aeolian Islands and with the Phoenician-Carthaginian area of ​​western Sicily. In fact, during the first Punic War it was fought the famous naval battle (260 BC) who finally defeated the Carthaginians and their dominance on the sea, led by the commander Caio Duilio, and he did give the Tyrrhenian Sea the nickname "Mare Nostrum" .Cassio Dione said that in the years of the Roman triumvirate, the waters of the promontory of Milazzo was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles that they put in front of the fleet of Sextus Pompey, led by Democare, that just launched in Porto Giulio (near Naples now known as Lago Patria) of Octavian Augustus, led by Marco Vipsiano Agrippa. The epic battle, won by the fleet of the latter, gave back Sicily to the Romans; Octavian Augustus gave to Milazzo the Roman eagle, symbol of the city today, that says: "Aquila seas imposita Sexto Pompeio exceeded" .The MedioevoI first, after the fall of the Western Roman Empire (476 AD), to settle Milazzo was the Arabs Saracens, from the south of Sicily and North Africa (Tunisia, Libya) in the eighth century AD, building what will be, later, the first nucleus of the castle, the keep, with the typical decoration herringbone The lava stone at the corners and edges of walls and openings, and lancet arches of the doors, and inside a small mosque: it is still possible to see the mihrab, the niche indicating the direction of Mecca. The Arabs also gave first symbol of Milazzo, not the eagle, drawn from the Roman heritage, but the Scarabeo. On a wall it is designed in lava stone scarab, whose wings are eyes. Not sure of the meaning, but it is supposed to function mystical-religious (perhaps the eyes of God) or a ward off evil, or to a kind of daily schedule; In fact, the peninsula is perfectly facing North, while the wings-eye be one perfectly in the East and the other in the West, so it looks like a "memento" of the phases giornaliere.Molti Arab writers, even the back, they were always enchanted by beauty of the landscape. The poet, geographer, historian of the court of Roger II of Hauteville, Idrisi or Eidrisi, wrote in a report commissioned by the king directly, that "there is no land or country most beautiful and exciting of Milazzo" .Finally, came to the Milazzo ' Emperor Frederick II, who poses a military base and expanding it with a wall encircling the keep, following, however, the Arabic style, with lava arches and lancet, and he wrote in a letter that he Milazzo would give life to his "creature": here Federico II created his personal hunting park, which still takes its name, in fact, of "Park", a hamlet of Milazzo.I most important monuments are the castle (seven city ​​walls) and 'old cathedral, which is located within its walls. Around these two monuments we have developed the ancient city, now commonly called the village antico.Milazzo is part of the circuit of sea villages, an association that aims to promote the internationalization capability of the culture of the participating municipalities, highlighting the elements of most valuable, the natural and cultural history and culinary traditions promoting tourism opportunities both at the experts at that users finali.È also associated with the National Association of Wine Cities. The Association works for the promotion and enhancement of environmental, scenic, artistic, historical and tourist areas of wine included in the municipalities participating, assisting them in promoting their economic and social development.
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