Giuseppe Salemi


Born in Patti in 1927, he contributed to the realization of many town libraries such as the University Library the Museum Library, thr Salvemini Institute Library, the Political Science Faculty Library and the Archimedes Scientific Lyceum Library. Salemi published the book "Messina Around D-Day: From Fascist Height to the Republic" together with the editor Rubettino. It is a realistic archive of men, facts and political and social activities before and after the Anglo-American landing in Sicily.

Stefano D'Arrigo - Orcinus Orca

A novel writen over many years dedicated to the Strait of Messina. It contains myth, folklore and accounts of life in the Strait.

Il Soldo

A Messina newspaper directed by Marcello Cimino and printed by Aurelio Samperi. During the years of fascism, Ettore Lombardo Pellegrino founded the "Soldino" movement, the only declared movement against fascism. Pellegrino was forced to give up teaching and lost all support. A central street in Messina remembers him.


Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832)

A German poet who came to Messina in May 1787. Goethe described the town destroy by the 1783 earthquake in his "Viaggio in Italia". In this book he tells what he saw looking out from the terrace of Saint Gregory's church. A memorial plaque remembering the event hangs in the town museum.

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805)

He wrote a book called "La Sposa di Messina) or "I Fratelli Nemici". This drama was translated and represented for the first time at the Gibellina Festival. Franco Scaldati is accredited with the Sicilian adaptation. He named his newspaper Thalia, dedicated to the theater.

Strip Cartoons of Sicilian History

Written by Antonio Mangiafico and Printed in Floridia, Syracuse.

The Experimental Theatre

Promoted by The Young University Fascist (GUF), it represented banished authors including several Americans. Local power underestimated the Importance of those new pieces. Enrico Fulghigoni, promoter of this group, later became part of several prestigious cultural organizations in the European Community. Years, the irish poet, was among the artist represented at the theater.

Michelin Guide (1998)

The first ever dedicated to Sicily; it is written in a concise and objective style and includes the history and culture of ancient and modern Sicily.

Giuseppe Minissale

Born in Messina, he often exhibits throughout Europe. His studio is situated near the Cathedral in Messina.

Salvatore Quasimodo

(1901-1968) Poet. He arrived in Messina three days after the earthquake and stayed until 1919. He later wrote about the tragedy in "Dove sullacqua viola era Messina, tra fili spezzati e macerie ...". He traslated from Greek and won the Nobel Prize for literature. "Vento a Tindari" is one of the most beautiful poem by Quasimodo and is inspired by the town near Messina. His sister Rosa, who died in Messina in 1988, was married to another Sicilian writer, Elio Vittorini.

Elio Vittorini

Who refused Tommasi di Lampedusa's "Il Gattopardo" while he he was working for Einaudi because it was "not in accordance with the publisher's line". 


Amalia Joli Gigante, Editori Laterza

Antonello da Messina

G. Barbera - Electa

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

(1844-1900) He was a German philosopher and writer. In 1882, he visited Messina and described the town in his book  "Idilli di Messina".


In Plato's "dialogues", we can find an analogy between the island described by Egyptian priests and Sicily before the last "Wurm" (100,000 years ago), i.e. when a 100/150 meter rise in the level of the Mediterranean Sea occcured.

Giovanna Giordano

She in Messina born write whose first books have had great success.  Her father, Nicola, founded the Messina CNR Research Center for alternative energy. Books "36.000 days", "magic fight".