Marsala is full of history, demonstrated by its origins. The city is located in the ruins of an ancient Punic city called Lilibeo.
A gathered, charming and welcoming Old Town, which starts in Porta Garibaldi and continues in XI Maggio street, from which branch out picturesque alleys and views. The heart of the city is the elegant Piazza della Repubblica, which overlooks the majestic Chiesa Madre. There are two other minor churches: Chiesa del Purgatorio and Chiesa dell’Addolorata.
Marsala amongst art and nature
Among the main attractions of the city we point out the museum of the Flemish Tapestries: situated in the center, near Porta Garibaldi, it houses a series of 8 tapestries of the sixteenth century, which narrate the history of Vespasiano exploits and his son Tito.
For nature lovers, we recommend a visit to the Oriented Nature Reserve “Isole dello Stagnone di Marsala“, one of the first to be established in Sicily (1984). It includes three small islands (Mozia, Santa Maria and Schola) and houses active salt pans. It’s an unique setting where you can admire windmills, migratory birds, including ping flamingos and small shiny mountains of salt.
“Ettore e Infersa” Salt Pans
A fascinating landscape, African sunsets and tiled mountains in the distance.
The “Ettore e Infersa” salt pans extend into the pre-nature Oriented Reserve of the Stagnone. An unusual, impressive and exciting landscape. Guided tours of the Saline are an experience that accompanies the visitor through the history of salt harvesting on a path along the canals, between the plant and animal life. You can visit the operating mill in July and August.
The Salt Museum was founded in 1986 by a teacher who was fascinated by the local during a school trip and showed to the world the hard and unique work of the salt artisans. The Museum preserves the ancient tools of these artisans and is located inside a 16th century Baglio. You can see the salt harvest from July to September. A walk through the salt pans and the sea, for a craftmanship experience of an ancient culture in a fairytale and exciting natural context.
Mozia, an ancient Phoenician city, is located on the San Pantaleo Island, in the Marsala Stagnone. An archeological site of prestigious artefacts, the Whitaker Museum, housed on the island, preserves a large series of findings discovered during excavations on the island. The most valuable is the Giovanetto di Mozia, a Greek statue of vague historical-artistic location, also called “the statue of mystery”. The island can be visited by foot in about 2 hours: walking along the marked paths, you can reach the main points of interest on your own. To get to the island you need to take a ferry that leaves from the Ettore e Infersa salt pans: a crossing which will allow you to immerse yourself in an enchanting landscape, between the lagoon's shallow waters of the Stagnone and breathtaking sunsets.