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Information about MESSINA Messina has a long, rich history dating to before the time of the ancient Greeks; the first Punic War was started in Messina when the city was invaded by mercenaries from Campania. the people of Messina called on the Romans to assist in their defense; Messina then became an important port for the Romans in their domination of the Mediterranean. This close alignment to the Roman center of power provided economic advantages to Messina that were not available to the rest of Sicily. Because of the Roman presence, Messina was actually one of the last cities of Sicily to fall to the Arabs. The first of the Norman kings liberated Messina from the Arabs nearly 200 years later and established his hold over other parts of the island from Messina. Sadly, the image is shattered almost as soon as you step into the city, bombed and shaken to a shadow of its former self by a record number of disasters. Plague, cholera and earthquakes all struck throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, culminating in the great earthquake of 1908 that killed 84,000 people, levelled the city and made the shore sink by half a metre overnight. Allied bombing raids in 1943 didn't help, undoing much of the post-earthquake restoration. The modern town of Messina stretches harmoniously along the shore, in some parts reaching up the green hillsides, sloping outcrops of the Peloritan Mountains. Messina offers its visitors its patrimony of art and its monument. Today, the remodelled city guards against future natural disasters, with wide streets and low, reinforced concrete buildings marching off in all directions.
 
Available Trades in MESSINA BANKING - FINANCING & INSURANCE
CHEMICALS & PHARMACEUTICALS
EDUCATION & TRAINING
FOOD - BEVERAGE & NEWSAGENTS
HEALTH & BEAUTY
JEWELLERS & WATCHMAKERS
LEGAL SERVICES
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
MULTIMEDIA & COMPUTER GAMES
RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES & FUNERAL SERVICES
SERVICES & AGENCIES
TRADE & BUSINESS - IMPORT-EXPORT & WHOLESALER
 


ITALIA

General Information
Capital: Rome
Area: 301,230 km2
Population: 60,157,214 (April 2009).
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz
IDD: +39
Emergency number: 112/113
Timezone: +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region), French (minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area).

Government
Government: Republic

Religion
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 EUR CHF = 66.1543 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Country roads: 90/110 km/h, Motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years.

Driving License
Driving License: EU pink format licences are valid in Italy but old-style green licences (without photos) must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany, Easter Monday (variable), Apr 25 Liberation Day, May 1 Labor Day, Aug 15 Assumption Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 25/26 Christmas Day/St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A781114182225252116129
P7162575146371521639912993
S44678911108644
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800/ 3G 2100 & HSPA

GPS
GPS: 41 54 N, 12 29 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat: 08.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.30. Food shops are often closed Wednesday afternoon.


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