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Rather than spend the day in Messina, you may want to head to Taormina, the hillside town full of ancient history, great wines and views of the Gulf of Naxos and Mt. Etna's cloudy peaks. The Corso Umberto is the main shop-lined street in town. Look for the 12th-century clock tower and 13th-century cathedral in the old quarter, or Borgo Medievale. Streetside cafés are great spots to order a hearty Sicilian wine or an espresso and settle in to people-watch. In the shops, you'll find the local ceramics—famous for their rich colors and sensuous representations of lemons, olives and other Mediterranean fare.
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