Sicily’s bustling port town Messina, known as ‘The Door of Sicily’, is a beautiful place to live. The third largest city on the island, it is certainly bustling with a population of over 240,000, and there is plenty to see and do while living there. Worth checking out is the 12th century Norman cathedral, which was rebuilt in 1908 after a devastating earthquake destroyed most of Messina. As a major Roman Catholic city, there are plenty of examples of beautiful architecture with religious significance, in the form of sanctuaries, churches and monuments. If you’re considering living in Messina, InterNations can be an invaluable tool. With more than one million members, InterNations is the largest online expat networking platform around the globe, offering plenty of socializing and networking opportunities on its forums, discussion groups and direct messaging system – you may even be able to find other expats living in Messina to connect with! Additionally, InterNations’ content section, including the Expat Magazine, offers up to date, in-depth articles on moving and living abroad as an expatriate.
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Actually moving to Messina is fairly easy, no matter how you chose to get there. While there is no international airport in the city, expatriates relocating to Messina can fly into Catania-Fontanarossa Airport which is only about an hour’s drive south of Messina. Plus, there are hourly ferries to and from the mainland, so expats moving to Messina can alternatively choose to use Italy's main train network, after first flying to a major mainland city like Lamezia Terme. There are also long distance buses available that stop off at destinations throughout Italy and Sicily. If you're moving to Messina, with InterNations you can get first-hand, honest advice from individuals already living abroad as expats in Messina or elsewhere. You can browse the forums or start your own discussion about perfecting one of the traditional Sicilian seafood dishes or finding the best restaurants in Messina that serves it.
If you're trying to find work in Messina, there are several industries that you could go into. The city's main resources are its seaports, with a massive trade in cruise tourism, along with commerce and agriculture. As is to be expected of a Mediterranean city, its main agricultural focuses are wine production, along with the cultivation of lemons, oranges and olives. Whether you already have a job lined up or you’re planning on searching for employment once you arrive, our Expat Magazine and guide section will provide you with essential relocation information on such topics as for example Italian work permits, income tax reimbursement for foreign assignees and the perks of being an expatriate. With our extensive expat network, you can search the forums for detailed information and tips from individuals experienced in working abroad. Here, you can ask your own questions about working as an expatriate in Messina, such as for example how much business Italian you’ll need to know.