“Tindari, meek I know you among wide hanging hills on the waters of the sweet islands of the god, today you attack me and you bend down in your heart…” S. Quasimodo.
Myth, art, culture, fairytale landscapes: this is Tindari, a pleasant town in the Gulf of Patti located within the municipality of the same name in the province of Messina.
Founded in 396 BC from Syracusan mercenaries of the war against Carthage at the behest of Dionysius of Syracuse, the ancient city of Tindari owes its name to Tindaro king of Sparta.
The Sanctuary of the Black Madonna is the main attraction of Tindari. It is located at the eastern end of the promontory, overlooking the sea, in correspondence with the ancient acropolis, where a small church was built on the remains of the abandoned city.
At the foot of the promontory where the Sanctuary of Tindari stands are the Marinello lakes, an arm of the sea of exceptional beauty. It is a large area of sand with brackish water lakes that change continuously due to the tides.