We discover the historic Tíndaris in Sicily

To speak of Sicily is to evoke beautiful landscapes, houses built by the sea, sailing trips, historical vestiges and unforgettable holidays. But there is a special place one of the Sicilian destinations that no one should miss: Tíndaris, on the north coast, on the Gulf of Patti.

Ancient Tyndaris, Current Tondaris

The city was located between Milas and Agatirno, in the Ponta di Milazzo and 50 kilometers from Messina. The ancient Tyndaris belonged to Greece, since it was founded by Dionysus in 396 B.C. along with exiles expelled from the Peloponnese by the Spartans.

Although at the beginning they had settled in Messina, they finally moved to the lands so far owned by the city of Abaceno. In its times of greatest splendor Tyndaris had 5,000 inhabitants. She was baptized with that name in honor of Tíndaro (king of Sparta) and the Dioscuros (the twin sons of Zeus).

Roman city of Tyndaris - Lucky Team Studio

Direct witness of many wars (including the first Punic war), Tyndaris It was passed from hand to hand due to its strategic position, on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It shone again when the Roman Empire took over the area and named one of the 70 honorable cities to render offerings to the Temple of Venus in Eryx.

According to Pilinio, an ancient writer and scientist, the city of Tyndaris suffered a "natural calamity" (an earthquake is believed). In the nineteenth century the area was still depopulated, although it kept its name thanks to a church erected on the top of a hill (la Madonna di Tindaro).

The ruins of the ancient city are visible, as well as the remains of the walls at the edge of the cliffs. You can still see monuments from ancient times, both Greek and Roman.

The Black Virgin and other attractions of Tíndaris

The devotion to the Black Virgin and the foundation of the first church in the region are related to the arrival of Christianity. Tíndaris became a prominent religious center and his sanctuary of Madonna Nera remains the goal of a pilgrimage which brings together thousands of faithful Italian every September 8.

Sanctuary of the Black Virgin - Anna Lurye

This sanctuary was built in the 16th century, however, the current building was finished in 1979. The Black Virgin arrived in Tíndaris through the Byzantines in the eighth century from Constantinople. A storm led the ship to anchor on the coast. Grateful sailors raised an altar.

The lagoon

Tíndaris Lagoon - elxeneize

Very close to the sanctuary we can not stop going to the lagoon Marinello with its beautiful Aeolian islands. The whole complex (which includes small lakes in the surrounding area) forms a natural reserve that feeds on the river torrent of Timeto.

The lagoon has about 400 hectares and we can enjoy it almost in its entire circumference. To end the walk, the natural cave Donna Villa, with its stalactites and stalagmites, it will attract you as, according to legend, it did with sailors.

Archaeological remains

Roman mosaic - Lev Levin

Returning to the Greek and Roman past of Tindaris,You can still see some buildings that are thousands of years old: the theater (it is estimated that in its origins it was Greek but then it was rebuilt by the Romans), a Roman villa that preserves the mosaic pavements, some Roman tombs of what would be a cemetery and the “gymnasium”, a building with two arches of stone whose purpose has not yet been determined.

As well we can admire a basilica, the ruins of a roman neighborhood, a Greek acropolis and agora and an insula where there were buildings that were used as "shops" or hot springs.

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By last, After so much walking you deserve to lie in the sun on the beautiful beach of Marinello. Its origin, according to legends, is related to the fall of a girl among the rocks (fortunately she left the accident unharmed).