The city of Marsala can be found in the western part of Sicily, in the province of Trapani, on the coast of the Mediterranean. It is famous because of its dessert wine, the Marsala wine, its vineyards, and Garibaldi (Giuseppe Garibaldi was one of the leaders of the army fighting for a unified Italy. He fought in Europe as well as in South America; this is one of the reasons why he got the name “hero of two worlds”).
Marsala is a Sicilian wine, which has a regular and a liquor version being made. It was first produced in 1722 by an English trader, John Woodhouse, as a type of sherry and port, and got its name from the harbor of the island, which is called Marsala.
The attractions of the city are the Dome, the Museo degli Arazzi Fiamminghi, the Palazzo Pretorio, and the San Pietro monastery. Walking along the coastal road you can find the Lilyybaei Sybille cave under San Giovanni. The cave is decorated with roman mosaics and murals. Because Marsala is so close to the Stagnone Nature Reserve, the island of Mothya and the city of Trapani, it is filled with tourists every summer. But even so, it is a livable city. The traffic is never too much here, but you don’t feel cut off from the rest of the world. 82 thousand residents in a town where life never stops – the historic old town, the pedestrian street with its boutiques, and countless restaurants ensure that you will always be entertained.
Between Marsala and Trapani you can see huge salt ponds, and windmills dominate the horizon; if you turn towards the sea, you will see cliffs and islands. From the city there are ferries that go to the nearby islands. It isn’t an accident that Marsala is a traveler’s dream, because here everyone can satisfy their needs for architecture, wine, and food.
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