Taormina & Straits of Messina

Jun 16, 2019 - Sea Cloud


We woke to a north wind funneling down from the Strait of Messina, so our Zodiac departure at the ancient harbor of Naxos Giardinia proved to be especially exciting. As we began the short but breathtaking drive from the port up to the historic resort jewel of Taormina, Sea Cloud weighed anchor to head north to meet us later in the port of Messina. By the time we returned in the afternoon, we had enjoyed a gorgeous Sunday morning taking in the beauty of Taormina and then an unforgettable lunch at the Castello degli Schiavi of “Godfather fame. Sea Cloud, however, had muscled against the wind and currents of the strait into the Port of Messina. Once back aboard, we launched again into the whirlpools and tidal rips, lucky to see some of the traditional swordfish passarella boats with their high crow’s nests and awkwardly long bowsprits as we entered the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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About the Author

Tom O'Brien

Expedition Leader

Tom O’Brien has been leading and designing expeditions for Lindblad Expeditions since 1985. With a background in physical geography and conservation, a Bavarian heart and a Celtic soul, Tom has been one of the most passionate advocates of the expedition experience around the world for the last twenty years. Many of the local people and communities that we work with today are the result of friendships that Tom and his expedition mates developed many years ago.

About the Photographer

Massimo Bassano

National Geographic Photographer

Massimo Bassano has worked as a freelance photojournalist since 1990. His work appears in National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic online edition, as well as many publications throughout Europe. Massimo's photographic subjects know no bounds—his recent assignments have covered social issues, international travel, fitness and health, fashion, and portraiture. In 2004, he was awarded a Ph.D. in journalism from the Italian Association of Journalism.

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