- Messina is a city located on the Island of Sicily, Italy. It has a population of 252,000 and was founded by the Greeks in 8th Century. Messina is the 3rd largest city on Sicily and the 13th largest city is Italy.
- Shakespeare chose to make Messina the setting for Much Ado About Nothing because of the historic background and beauty
- During the 16th century Italy began to experience an economic and social decline.