Parco Archeologico di Lilibeo

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Parco Archeologico di Lilibeo

Parco Archeologico di Lilibeo
2.5
Ancient Ruins • History Museums
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2.5
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Paul P
Manchester, UK694 contributions
Unexpected delight!
Jul 2019 • Couples
It was Sunday (free parking in most places btw), we wanted to park outside the town centre and we came along the sea front & saw this museum. I think there is parking next to the main front (overlooking the sea). There are a couple of side entrances but it is best to go in from the front main entrance.
The museum is one of the best we have seen in Sicily, with many highlights:
- 2 recovered ancient boats
- Roman remains & artefacts
- well told history of early Sicily & the SW corner Liberya (facing Libya).
- remains & mosaics of historical dwellings & a Roman villa.
So, despite some rather negative reviews, this is well worth the visit!
Written 20 July 2019
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GUTheTraveller
Island of Malta, Malta99 contributions
Very poorly marked in terms of how to arrive at the parking lot. Arrived at the wrong entrance
Apr 2019 • Solo
Took a brief look at how neglected the area was and decided not to waste any more time on the park. Too many other great parks to see instead of this one.
Written 19 April 2019
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Vladimir M
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,231 contributions
Very interesting place
Jul 2018 • Couples
Parco Archeologico Lilibeo is the ruins of the ancient city with the same name.
Lilibeo (Lilybaeum) is an ancient city on the western end of Sicily. It was an outpost of the Phoenician empire, founded and settled in 397 BC, after the massacre arranged by Dionysius I of Syracuse in Motya. In the IV-III centuries BC. e. the main Punic city of Sicily. On three sides it was surrounded by the sea and only one, for about 400 m, was opened from the land. Had powerful fortifications: walls and towers. A significant contingent of the Carthaginian military forces and navy was stationed in Lilibeo. During the Pyrrhic War and during the First Punic War, the city successfully survived for several months a siege and blockade from the land and from the sea. Handed over to the Romans under the terms of the Lutatius world in 241 BC.
Unfortunately, there is not much left of the great city here. Remains of the ancient road, beautifully preserved mosaic of an ancient villa. The most significant is the remains of the so-called Marsala ship. It was discovered in 1969 and to this day remains the oldest warship ever discovered.
Written 11 August 2018
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L3K
Guisborough, UK1,792 contributions
Neglected and overgrown
May 2018 • Couples
The archaeological park is entered through the museum, and it seems many reviewers confuse the two.

There are some Roman mosaics (not up to the standard of Villa Romana of course) and a short section of Roman road. The site is neglected, overgrown with weeds, and with unreadable information boards.
Written 8 August 2018
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RoaminTheEmpire
Glendale, AZ29 contributions
Great museum, site with a lot of potential
Jun 2017 • Couples
The museum here is great. The remains of the Punic shipwreck are amazing, and the collection of painted funerary monuments are probably some of the best I've seen, let alone in a smaller regional museum.

I was a little bit disappointed with the attached archaeological park, though, not so much in substance, but in presentation. First, unless you know it is there, you may very well miss it, as there were no signs and the museum workers didn't seem very interested in telling anyone about it (my traveling companion and I were the only ones out there). The site was mostly overgrown, which, I suppose is to be expected as I visited early in the season and I know that is a pretty widespread problem at Italian archaeological sites in early June. It's a shame, because there are some decent mosaics, a nice stretch of the decumanus maximus, and some other reasonably interesting remains, so it certainly has some potential.

It's hard to find a lot of fault, I know the money is rarely there, and the museum is quite a gem, but, hopefully in the future they develop the archaeological park a little better.
Written 21 April 2018
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