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Why Marsala?.

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Why Marsala?.

Ciao Vagabonda:

In our recent Public Transport request and your delightfully detailed reply, we noted our stopping in Marsala. You advised, 'why Marsala/'. We hail from a wine district in Australia and wish to effect a pilgrimage to a noted Sicilian Wine District. Also interested in the Phoenician artifacts in the Museum. However, if you can advise of a more appropriate stopping place. Selinunte? Trapani? that would enable us to achieve our aims. That would be absolutely great. However, although Marsala may not be that attractive, it may also be a non-tourist destination. That would have some merit.

We thank you for your helpful comments.

Regards

Colonials

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1. Re: Why Marsala?.

Ciao Colonials!!

Marsala has the name recognition, but outstanding wines are produced all around Sicily – Around Mount Etna, Alcamo, Ragusa Province, Noto, Vallelunga Pratameno, Salina, Pantelleria, Mazara del Vallo……

http://www.bestofsicily.com/wine.htm

If you plan to visit Marsala’s cantinas, book in advance – Florio runs an exceptionally good tour. Pellegrino’s Moscato d’Pantelleria is delicious!

Florio:

http://www.cantineflorio.com/flash/index.html

Carlo Pellegrino:

http://www.carlopellegrino.it/

Donnafugata:

www.donnafugata.it/showPage.php…

donnafugata.it/e-visit-us-visit-marsala.php

Because of the wine trade, Marsala is a business town – The Phoenician artifacts and the cantinas are outstanding, but don’t leave the historic centre!!

Also worth checking….

Planeta:

http://www.planeta.it/ENG/inbreve.php

http://www.planeta.it/ENG/visite.htm

…wsj.com/public/…SB119941143793166727.html

Regaleali:

http://www.tascadalmerita.it/

Azienda Agricola COS:

http://www.cosvittoria.it/english/cos.htm

Azienda Vitivinicola Avide:

www.avide.it

Azienda Agricola Gambino:

http://www.vinigambino.it/

Salute!

Vagabonda

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2. Re: Why Marsala?.

Why visit Marsala? My daughter and I like wine but we want to visit the ruins in marsala. Marsala is ancient Lilybaeum that we learned about in Latin class when we studied Cicero.

Insula di Capo Boeo-ruins of Roman insulae

Church of San Giovanni Fuori le Mura

the Church of San Giovanni Fuori le Mura, built around the Sibyl of Lilybaeum’s legendary grotto.

Teatro Impero

wikimapia.org/…9

Museo Archeologico di Baglio Anselmi

his archeological museum is accommodated inside a former wine warehouse designed by Basile. Pride of place is given to the remains of a Punic ship (3C BC

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3. Re: Why Marsala?.

Between Marsala and Trapani, there is Mozia. An ancient Phoenican town that was excavated by an Englsihmen nameed Whitaker(sp?)

google map centered on Mozia

maps.google.com/maps/ms…

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4. Re: Why Marsala?.

Lets not forget the magificent tapestries of Charles V, in a building near the Cathedral, and the well laid out Garibaldi Museum.

Also, that Punic ship in the Archeological Museum is unique on earth.

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5. Re: Why Marsala?.

Mozia and the saltpans are unique and wonderful to visit, and Marsala does have the cantinas and the museum, BUT it’s very unattractive outside the historic centre, especially as you drive south.

Vagabonda

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6. Re: Why Marsala?.

Marsala is worth a day trip, but when compared to Sicily’s many significant sites, it ranks low.

The Michelin Green Guide ranks destinations – ***Highly Recommended, **Recommended and *Interesting.

Marsala didn’t even earn a rating – Only its Punic ship has 1*.

Marsala has a North African-Arab feel with narrow streets and alleys, and it’s certainly famous for its wine and history. The compact historic centre is charming, quite attractive, but Marsala’ outlying areas and its residential areas are unattractive.

Marsala:

www.trapani-sicilia.it/english/marsala.htm

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/marsala/

http://www.bestofsicily.com/marsala.htm

www.planetware.com/italy/marsala-i-si-ma.htm

thinksicily.com/guide-to-sicily/…marsala.aspx

en.comuni-italiani.it/081/011/index.html

Vagabonda

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7. Re: Why Marsala?.

Marsala is out of doubt the third town to visit in Sicily. (First Palermo, second Siracusa). the lagune with saltpans is heaven with little bar mamma caura. This is the nicest place to stay in west siciily., From here you can go with public transporto to Selinunte, Mazara , Trapani, Egadi islands. you can sail, kitesurfing, snorkellin and do many water sports all the year. The home town is delicious and very nice the nights in good weather. In summer not very hot because of wind. I live here and i am not from here, it is a paradise.

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8. Re: Why Marsala?.

i do not understand really this vagabonda. Which are attractive outskirts in Sicily. May be Agrigento, or Palermo or which one' I really do not understand this comment.

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9. Re: Why Marsala?.

" This is the nicest place to stay in west siciily., From here you can go with public transporto to Selinunte, Mazara , Trapani, Egadi islands. you can sail, kitesurfing, snorkellin and do many water sports all the year. The home town is delicious and very nice the nights in good weather. In summer not very hot because "

I realize that you have the home town bias towards Marsala. I went to Marsala twice in feb 2010 as day trips from Castellammare del Golfo. Marsala is an OK place and we enjoyed Nave Punica and the nice restaurants there. But it is kind of far west/ off-center to be useful as a base for visiting other places. Never been to Syracusa (yet) or Palermo. I have to say that I agree with Vagabonda's basic assessment of Marsala. Both Erice and Castellamare del Golfo seemed nicer and better placed for day trips.

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10. Re: Why Marsala?.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion DoortoSicily – For all the reasons listed in the above posts, Marsala is worth a visit. The historic centre is charming, but the extensive area outside the historic centre is quite unattractive.

Vagabonda

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