Making Memories In Messina

Making Memories In Messina

There is a series of open water swims in Sicily near or in the Strait of Messina held annually in August and September. The Strait of Messina is a narrow channel between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of Calabria which is on the Italian mainland.

The first race is the 5.2 km Traversata dello Stretto with the longest history and a difficult course across the Strait of Messina.

First crossed in 1930, the Strait has strong currents and natural whirlpools that make for a challenging and enjoyable event to do and watch, especially on a clear day. The Traversata dello Stretto starts at Torre Faro, crosses the Strait of Messina to a turn in Cannitello in Calabria on the Italian mainland, then traverses along the Italian coast and finished in Villa San Giovanni.

Another race is the annual Trofeo Baia di Grotta. A third race is the 1.8 km Trofeo Onda Azzurra along the Calabria coast. Another race is 3.7 km Favazzina-Scilla swim in late August. A fifth race is the 5.1 km Memoria Nino Sofi. A sixth race is the 3 km Città di Reggio Calabria in September.

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