Public transport is more frequent from Trapani, and there are more amenities in Trapani as well.
As we will be using public transport Marsala appears the better option for us.
Thanks for the info.
For example, if you were to visit Segesta, the Tarantola bus departs from Trapani, not Marsala.
I lived in that area many years, and while there is some form of public trasport in Trapani (actually, taxi are fine, minicab too, there are bus, some also with decent frequencies, and it used to have 2 train main lines, even tough one is currently closed under mainteinance, and obviously there is the seaport), to be honest, in Marsala I was never able to use any form of public transport. Actually, Marsala didn't even had taxi until very recently (I reckon they granted the first 3 licenses in February 2013). The most you can get from public transport in Marsala is probably the train to Trapani.
I don't think you should stay in Marsala unless you rent a car. I visited Marsala twice in Feb 2010 but I had a rental car.
Just a correction: reading local news, they are reporting that while the local council of Marsala may have granted 3 taxi licenses, one of those is for a sea taxi, and of the remaining 2, only 1 of those taxis has been seen working on the city so far.
Perhaps the only real advantage to Marsala's transport is the local urbani service to Mozia's dock outside tourist season, but now Salemi runs the seasonal La Via del Sale in Bus service from Trapani.
Trapani is the spot for public transport in Western Sicily.
Flying to Trapana(Ryanair), where to stay for a week:
But it appears that you prefer Marsala Hens57, and it's your holiday!
As long as Hens doesn't count too much on public transport, Marsala is fine. Actually, if I'd like to make some vineries tour, I'd probably evaluate basing myself in Marsala. I have a great memory of that, when I was in primary school they took us to a bus trip to Marsala, to see a couple of the vineries, I don't remember exactly which, but probably two between Florio, Rallo and Pellegrino, and I do remember the guide on the last vinery told us as we were just kids he was not going to offer us wine, but only a very sweet marsala, so some of us sipped that, and on the return trip we sang ourselves to oblivion :)
I must add that at the time was not illegal to give spirits to kids, there was no concept of underage drinking whatsoever in Sicily, actually there was even a tradition to give a spoon or two of Alchermes, the cochineal red tinted liqueur, to toddlers, and kids were given a daily intake of marsala based zabaione (I was given two a day, one from my mum and one from my auntie), complimented with anice flavoured cold water in the summer, so being offered small amounts of alchool was really not unusual or unexpected, and noone would have frown upon on that.
Well the cantine are in Marsala, but some of the vineyards around Mazara del Vallo are some of Sicily's best!
You've brought back some sweet memories for me aledeniz!
Thanks guys.Bit of an error in my reply.Should have said Trapani as a base due to using public transport to get around.Once again though thanks for all your information.