Marsala

Marsala is the most western city in Sicily, placed upon the promontory Boeo. Since the early days, Lilybaeum (its former name) has always been a city of strategic importance for routes within Mediterranean Sea. To the Arabs it was Mars el’Allah, literally “Port of Allah” hence Marsala.

Certainly, the region of Marsala was always known for its fine grapes; it was the Englishman John Woodhouse who introduced the fortified wine business here in 1796. Don’t miss the chance to visit a winery and taste the renowned Marsala wine; try both its famous sweet version and the more uncommon dry variety.

The elegant historic centre converges on its main road known as “Cassaro”, where you can stroll around delighted by its charme and its numerous cafés and boutiques.

Undoubtedly, Garibaldi is a high standing figure for Marsala’s history; in its port, the celebrated hero landed for the liberation of southern Italy from the Bourbon domination. Not by chance, a marble buste of Garibaldi is placed in Piazza della Vittoria. Furthermore, in via Garibaldi you’ll admire the impressive Porta Garibaldi (ex Porta di Mare).

Most noteworthy, travelling along Salt Way Road and through the Nature Reserve of the Stagnone (literally “large pond”) is an experience not to be missed. While travelling, you will be fascinated by this unique landscape: panels of mirror-like water, held by thin strips of earth and white windmills. Beyond the saltworks stand out some islands: Mothia, once joined to the mainland by a paved road, and Isola Longa (Long Island) that encloses the lagoon. In Summer, in some areas between Trapani and Marsala, it is possible, now and then, to admire piles of salt just harvested.

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