Continuing on our Road trip, we drove to the Straits of Messina, then on to Tindari, a Greek city since 395 BC. We started out visiting the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Tinadari. According to local legend, the statue of Byzantine origin was smuggled out of Constantinople in the 8th or 9th century. A storm drove the ship into the port of Tindari, where the sailors deposited their load at the local abbey for safety. The inscription on her statue reads “nigro sum sed formosa”, meaning “black am I, but beautiful”.
Walked around the top of the cliff with great views! The island in the background below (about 12 miles away) is Vulcano, one of the active volcanoes in the Aeolian Islands and one where we walked to the rim and saw the fumaroles: vents for steam, sulphur and carbon dioxide. Lunch before another hike!! The round dish is arancini, a rice appetizer with various combinations inside (tomato and meat sauce or mozzarella or spinach and cheese or ham and cheese, etc). Then off to walk around the remains of ancient Greek and Roman ruins and their small museum. Amazing Mosaics still fairly intact to this day! Another Greek-Roman theatre in Sicily!! Smaller than Siracusa and Taormina.