Marsala
31 Jan 2017

Marsala is a very ancient city, its foundation lies around 397 B.C. Full of history and culture, you can visit museums and ruins that tell centuries of history, ranging from the Ancient Greece to the landing of Garibaldi.

Near Boeo Cape there is the Baglio Anselmi, a former winery founded in the middle of last century which houses the Archaeological Museum.

Among the finds, it exposes the wreck of the Punic ship and illustrates the history of Lilybaeum and the history of the territory connected to it, from prehistory to Middle Ages times. The museum was created for the preservation and exhibition of the wreck of the Punic ship (mid-third century B.C.) discovered in 1971 in the sea off the Long Island in the lagoon of the Stagnone in Marsala.

From Baglio Anselmi you can access to Lilibeo Archaeological Park. It occupies the area where, century before, there was first the ancient Carthaginian colony and then the Roman city. Excavations have unearthed a portion of the archaeological heritage like the Roman insula, the decumannus, the big road in use until the fourth century A.D. corresponding to the current street XI May; Venus Callipige, marble statue of the second century BC and countless traces of ancient civilizations (mortuaries, flooring, tools, remains of houses and streets).

Not far from the Baglio Anselmi, we find the Church of San Giovanni (V century B.C.), patron of the city. The church, which dates from the mid-sixteenth century, contains in its underground a cave where, according to legend, the Lilybe Sibyl delivered his prophecies. The city of Marsala is also famous for the tomb of Sibilla Lilibetana.

Marsala is home of a number of Flemish tapestries that depict the Jewish War, preserved in the Tapestry Museum: dating back to the sixteenth century, they depict scenes of the war between the Romans and the Jews of the 66 d. C.

In Marsala you can enjoy the tipical 100% Sicilian wine Marsala born from English intelligence. The history of this wine begin in 1770, when the Liverpool merchant John Woodhouse arrived in the Sicilian port with the intention of placing a load of soda ash. Woodhouse saw that the on-site wine produced from a blend of grapes – the vines Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia and Damaschino – had characteristic similar to the Madera, a wine that British people loved, but inaccessible in those years because the island in which it was produced was under the control of France. However, once the wine was produced there was the problem of the transportation. And so, to prevent the wine to deteriorate during the long journey to England, Woodhouse added wine spirit. This was the moment when Marsala wine was born.

Marsala is home to different wineries and rural farms where you can have several tastings and tours.

Those who look for a little relaxation, can take advantage of the beautiful beaches and crystal clear sea that characterizes the western coast of Sicily. Finally the hike to the lagoon is a must together with the exploration of the islands that dot the lagoon: Longa Island, Santa Maria, Schola, Mothia. You can reach the Long Island walking through a heavenly ford from the beautiful beach of San Teodoro, crossing the shallow waters of the Lagoon.