Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. It is the third-largest city on the island of Sicily, and the 13th-largest city in Italy, with a population of more than 238,000 the FUA of the metropolitan area of Messina has, in 2014, 277,584 inhabitants.
The citys main resources are its seaports, cruise tourism, commerce, and agriculture. The city has been a Roman Catholic Archdiocese and Archimandrite seat since 1548 and is home to a locally important international fair. The city has the University of Messina, founded in 1548 by Ignatius of Loyola.
Messina has a light rail system, Tranvia di Messina, that was opened on 3 April 2003. This line is and links the citys central railway station with the city centre and harbour.
The city is home to a significant Greek-speaking minority, rooted in its history and officially recognised.
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