The province of Messina includes also the beautiful Aeolian islands in the Thyrrhenian Sea, 7 in all, with 4 different communes, Lipari which includes the isles of Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli and Vulcano, while on the large island of Salina are the comuni of Malfa, Leni and Santa Maria Salina.
Province of Messina, Sicilia (Sicily) Region, Italy
The Comuni in the Province of Messina
Under the Arab domination, when Sicily was divided into the three provinces of Val di Mazara (western Sicily), Val di Noto (the south-east) and Val Demone (north and east), Messina was the main center of the Val di Demone including Catania to the South and Cefalù.
The catastrophic earthquake of 28 December 1908 destroyed most of the provinces of Messina and Reggio Calabria, just in Messina victims were between 60,000 and 80,000. After decades of reconstruction further destruction came with WW2 bombings in 1943.