In Messina, Sicilia, Italy , in the water in front of the inhabited center of Messina, near what is still today industrial area… stands still The “Rigoletto” ..an 78.6 meter long merchant ship, created in Kiel, West Germany, and launched on March 24, 1955, which could carry up to 291 beetles at a time, along the route from -and for- the United States and Canada., began to sail inland that same year.
On July 1, 1980, on the ship, while it was transporting used cars from Antwerp, Belgium, to Beirut in Lebanon, caught fire off Capo Spartivento. The crew was forced to abandon the boat that was towed from the Mediterranean to the port of Messina.
Today abandoned in the area of the Real Cittadella, where, in shallow waters, it found its last port and is accessible for Recreational Dive and photo shooting.
Access : Coordinates:38.187273, 15.568339 / Location : Zona Falcata, Messina ME, Italia , At the edge of the main port in Messina is the Zona Falcata, this area is a hive of activity and is where most of the commercial shipping trade takes place.
Activities : photo opportunities / Recreational Dive / bathing / Cycling / Scenic Driving- Auto Touring / Underwater photography
Nearby Attractions – Go next : city of Messina / Milazzo / Palermo / south to Taormina , Catania and Syracuse