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What to see in Tindari in a day: the places to go to


Sicily is a wonderful island, sparkling due to all its many facets. We have the well-known places, and some less so, equally charming. Tindari, for example, is a small town with fable-like landscapes, which is not so well-known, but should be, as it is so beautiful. It is no coincidence that it has been described for some time in the novels of Andrea Camilleri and became the set for the TV production of the famous stories about Police Commissioner Montalbano. Tindari is in the province of Messina and is part of the City of Patti.
Here, in addition to a fabulous sea, there is a whole load of history to be told. What actually happened in Tindari is mixed with myth and legend, and maybe that makes this ancient town so magical. It was founded by Dionysus from Siracusa in 396 BC in honour of Tyndaris, King of Sparta. From that point on, many peoples passed through, leaving their marks and traditions.

What to see in Tindari: the places

If you have a day to see Tindari, be sure to keep in mind an itinerary which includes its main attractions, the ones you simply cannot leave out of your plan.

The archaeological area of Tindari

Tindari is famous for its precious archaeological site, an open-air museum that has lived through many epochs and seen many different peoples pass through. It is about 400 metres from the historic town centre and is easy to get to on foot. In addition to the still-visible Roman roads (cardo and decumanus) and the ruins of some temples, we have a beautiful and large Greek theatre dating back to the 4th Century BC.

Tindari’s Sanctuary of the Black Madonna

Right at the top of the promontory, on what was once the ancient acropolis, stands Tindari’s Black Madonna, a precious cedarwood statue, which gives it its particular colour. It is in the Basilica of the Black Madonna and is still highly venerated by believers. Its origins are Byzantine, 8th Century, and legend has it that this statue escaped from the hard iconoclastic battles of the age.