Marsala

Italy

Marsala has some high quality restaurants and bars, and a host of gorgeous beaches in close proximity that are perfect to relax on.

Marsala is an Italian town located in the Province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily. Marsala is the most populated town in its province and the fifth in Sicily.

HIGLIGHTS

Marsala is a town located on the western coast of the Island of Sicily. This town is the most populated in the province of Trapani with a current population of approximately 82,000 – it is also the fifth largest town by population on the island. Marsala should not be confused with the Indian recipe although it is known for its own culinary delight in the form of the popular Marsala Wine. Furthermore, this town was the original landing site of the legendary Giuseppe Garibaldi during his infamous Expedition of the Thousand.

The town is famous for the docking of Giuseppe Garibaldi on 11 May 1860 (the Expedition of the Thousand) and for its Marsala wine. A feature of the area is the Stagnone Lagoon Natural Reserve — a marine area with salt ponds.

Marsala is built on the ruins of the ancient Carthaginian city of Lilybaeum, and includes in its territory the archaeological site of the island of Motya, an ancient Phoenician town.

Main sights

Religious architecture

  • Marsala Cathedral (17th century) dedicated to Saint Thomas of Canterbury and built on the site of a Norman predecessor from 1176. There is an organ with 4,317 pipes.
  • Church of Purgatorio.
  • Church of Addolorata.
  • Church of Itriella.
  • Convent, church and belfry of the Carmine.
  • Church of Saint Matthew.
  • Church and monastery of Saint Peter.
  • Church of Saint John the Baptist.

Civil architecture

  • Spanish Quarters (Town Hall)
  • VII April Palace (16th–17th century), built on the site of the Lodge of Pisani.
  • Fici Palace.
  • Grignani Palace.
  • Spanò-Burgio Palace.
  • Communal theatre, built in 19th Century consists in 300 seats, reopened during the 1994 and dedicated to Eliodoro Sollima.
  • Cine Teatro Impero, built during Fascism.
  • Agricultural Technical Institute With Specialized School Wine “Abele Damiani” Marsala – Aggregate IPSAA Strasatti With Hospitality Section (state public high school).

Military architecture

  • Villa Araba, Carabinieri (military police, and public security), Command Company and Operative Centre
  • Castle of Marsala (formerly a State Prison up to a few years ago)
  • Ancient Gates and walls of Marsala

Isola Favignana

Favignana is the largest of the Aegadian Islands that lie off of the coast of Marsala.

The current population of Favignana is approximately 4,300 and these inhabitants are mainly based in the town of the same name on the north coast.

This island is known for its multitude of caves and calcarenite rock formations and a boat trip around the island is a fantastic way to see these natural sites.

Isola di Levanzo

Levanzo is the smallest of the Aegadian Islands and can be found to the north of Favignana.

This small island has an area of just 5.82 square kilometre and a population of only 450 inhabitants.

The main village of Levanzo is truly picturesque and the houses and shops snug the enclosed bay.

Here you can find a small beach and crystal clear waters that are perfect for swimming in.

This island is famous for the Capo Grosso Lighthouse and the Genovese Caves that are decorated with Neolithic cave paintings.

Isola San Pantaleo

Also known as Motya or Mozia, this small island once held a powerful city and was joined to the Sicilian mainland by a huge man-made causeway.

Tours can be taken to San Pantaleo from the small canal that runs through Battello Isola di Mozie.

This island is covered in ancient remains and ruins from the various civilisations that held Motya as an important stronghold.

Museo Archeologico Baglio Anselmi

This museum is the prime archaeological museum in the region and boasts a huge array of artefacts and relics.

You can find this museum near the westernmost point of Marsala on the Via Boeo and it is housed within an ancient Baglio.

The main attraction of this museum is the famous Punic Ship – this ship was discovered in 1969 and has been preserved in a fantastic condition.

Piazza della Repubblica

The Piazza della Repubblica is one of the main squares within the historic town centre and is a great place to people watch and to start a walking tour of Marsala.

Located on this square you can find the immense Chiesa di San Tommaso, the Palazzo VII Aprile and also the Chiesa del Purgatorio.

Contact

Municipality of Marsala
email
protocollo@pec.comune.marsala.tp.it
address
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1 91025 Marsala TP
phone
0923/993111