Many historical combinations shaping a beautiful landscape push visitors to the western part of Sicily, with endless views. On the extreme point of the Island there is Marsala, with its colors: yallow-tuff, blue-sea, red-setting, white-salt, green-vineyard. Founded by Phoenician people – with influenced by Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman, Swabian, Angevin, Spanish - Marsala is rich in art beauty with unique contents. By its archaeological and environmental nature Marsala shows off realities planted in a special place, where nature copiously shows its peculiarity. The artistic heritage proposed by territory is extensive: churches, caves and sanctuaries; tombs, hidden thermal-baths and roads from the time; statues, urns and shipwrecks; necropolis and places of worship. From Stagnone Lagoon until the old town centre you see an huge ancient area – recovered in a measure, but it is still many submerged – all coexist side by side the modern city. Mythical land in the middle of the Mediterranean, Marsala stands on Capo Boeo. On one side there is Erice, on the other side there are Segesta and Selinunte; it looks at the nearby Aegadian Islands (20 minutes by boat, daily connections) and Africa (the Tunisian coast is just 80 miles). Marsala has in the sea one of its main economic resources and tourism, meanwhile farming gives support to the wine plant, with its eight thousand hectares of vineyards: more than one million hectoliters a year of white, red and fortified wines, including the excellent Marsala. If you analyse Sicily History, you see how is important Marsala, that has its roots in the fourth century BC. From the sea come the Phoenicians to set themselves up island of Motya, the archaeological pearl of the Stagnone. But the Carthaginians cannot defend it from the siege and destruction of Dionysius the Elder, tyrant of Syracuse. It is 397 BC and the few survivors move on nearby promontory of Capo Boeo, where they found Lilybaion.
Under Roman rule, then, the trade and business develop; while with the arrival of Arab pirates - VIII century - city is renamed in Marsa-Allah (God’s harbour), or Marsa-Ali according to other. In 1773, the history of Marsala goes at the same speed with which of the same name wine, thanks to English people: first John Woodhouse, then Ingham and Whitaker, discover and value the oldest of Italian Doc. Ten years later, Florio will be the first Italian marketing the “Marsala”.
With the landing of Giuseppe Garibaldi – 11 May 1860 - this city began to write one of the most beautiful pages of the Risorgimento, a year later, culminate in the united and republican Italy.
Today Marsala is still an archaeological, seafaring and, Garibaldian town. It is city of wine, flowers, salt, strawberries and ceramics. Here, colors, flavors and fragrances of Sicily meet in a territory that, between Old Town streets and hinterland suburbs, continues to show the typical Mediterranean hospitality. The hospitality value is in the DNA of Marsala people.