Marsala is a very old city, whose foundation dates back approximately to 397 BC. Full of history and culture, it is possible to visit museums and remains that tell centuries of history, which goes from Magna Graecia to the landing of Garibaldi.
Near Capo Boeo, the Baglio Anselmi stands, a former winery dating back to the middle of the last century, in which the Archaeological Museum is located. Among various exhibits, it exposes the wreck of the Punic Ship and illustrates the history of Lilybaeum and of the territory historically connected to it, from prehistory to the Middle Ages. The museum was created for the conservation and exhibition of the wreck of the Punic ship (mid-III century BC), found in 1971 in the stretch of sea off Isola Lunga, in the Stagnone lagoon of Marsala.
From Baglio Anselmi, it is possible to access the Archaeological Park of Lilibeo, which occupies the area where the ancient Carthaginian city once stood, and then Roman. The excavations brought to light a portion of the archaeological heritage such as the Roman insula, the Decumanus Maximus, the great road used up to the 4th century AD., corresponding to the current avenue XI Maggio; the Venus Callipyge, marble statue of the 2nd century BC and countless traces of ancient civilisations (mortuary chambers, flooring, tools, remains of houses and streets).
Not far from the Baglio Anselmi, we find the Church of San Giovanni (5th century AD), patron of the city. The church, which dates back to the mid-sixteenth century, contains in its basement a cave in which, as the legend says, the Sibilla Lilybe pronounced her prophecies. The city of Marsala is also famous for the Sepulcher of the Lilibetan Sibyl.
Marsala hosts a series of Flemish tapestries depicting the Jewish War, inside Museo degli Arazzi: dating back to the 16th century, they portray scenes from the war between Romans and Jews of 66 DC.
In Marsala, it is possible to taste 100% Sicilian wine born from English ingenuity. A tradition that began in 1770, when John Woodhouse, merchant from Liverpool, landed in the Sicilian port with the intent of placing a load of ash from soda. Woodhouse realised that the wine produced on site with a blend of grapes from Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia and Damaschino grapes, had characteristics similar to Madeira, a wine much loved by the British but in those years inaccessible because the island that produced it was passed under the control of the French. Anyway, it was necessary to face the problem of transport after its production. It was that to keep the wine from altering during the long journey to England, Woodhouse added wine spirit. This is how Marsala was born. Marsala also hosts many wineries and bagli where you can make different tastings and visits.
For those looking for a little relaxation, you can take advantage of the beautiful beaches and crystal clear sea that characterise the western coast of Sicily. Finally, the excursion to the Stagnone is essential as are the exploration of the islands that form the lagoon: Isola Longa, Santa Maria, Schola, Mothia. The island Longa can be reached on foot through a paradisiac ford from the beautiful beach of San Teodoro, crossing the shallow waters of the Stagnone.
The unique location of Villa Favorita allows you to enjoy not only the city of Marsala but also the most beautiful cities of Western Sicily, thanks to the guided tours organised by our tourist complex.
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