Welcome to Marsala


Marsala was founded by the Phoenicians who escaped from Mozia after it was defeated in 397 BC by an army led by Dionysius I of Syracuse. They settled here on Capo Lilibeo, calling their city Lilybaeum and fortifying it with 7m-thick walls that ensured it was the last Punic settlement to fall to the Romans. In AD 830 it was conquered by the Arabs, who gave it its current name Marsa Allah (Port of God).


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$118.94 Shore Excursions

Palermo Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Segesta, Erice and Marsala

When your cruise ship docks in Palermo, meet your local driver at the port and set off in the comfort of a luxurious vehicle to explore the most ancient and fascinating places in Sicily. First, visit Segesta, a historic city on Mt Barbaro. Explore this pretty town and see the fascinating Doric Temple from the 5th century BC, a prime example of Greek architecture. Enjoy the magnificent views from this temple and spend time taking unforgettable photos before continuing your trip. Your driver will take you west toward the coast to the beautiful town of Erice, located on Mt Erice. According to legend, Erice was founded by the Trojans while in exile from their own land. Walk up to Venus Castle, a breathtaking structure from the Norman period built on top of the ancient Temple of Venus. Take in stunning views of the city below from the castle walls. Next, head to the city of Marsala. Here, see evidence of the influence of the Roman, Norman and Spanish civilizations as you visit the Marsala Cathedral, which was built on the foundations of a preexisting Norman castle. Visit the 16th-century Church of St John the Baptist, a true pride of Marsala and well known for its underground vaults. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Palermo port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$254.52 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Exclusive Boat Dinner in Marsala

Change your point of view and enjoy an authentic gourmet experience on a boat. Spend an exclusive evening sailing the amazing Marsala coast, admiring its breathtaking landscape. The marvelous Egadi archipelago will be the background, the sea breeze in your hair and a joyful atmosphere on board. Toast with a special aperitif while sailing to the secret bay of Favignana. Then, anchor in a romantic bay and enjoy a refined menu of fish delicacies. Here's a sample menu:AntipastiCrema di fagioli e cozze - beans and mussel creamCialdine di polenta con baccalà mantecato - wafer polenta with creamy salted codfishPolpo su crema di patate e burrata - octopus on potatoes cream and burritoTartare di tonno alla menta - atun tartare with mintPrimiOrecchiette con gamberi e scarola - orecchiette pasta with shrimps and endiveSpaghettoni alla bottarga - pasta with typical bottargaSecondoSpigola con crema di finocchi e vongole - seabass with fennel and clam cream ContornoInsalatina agli agrumi - citrus saladDolceRavioli dolci alla ricotta e cannella con panna - sweet dumplings with ricotta cheese, cream and cinnamonorMousse al caffè e cioccolato al profumo di arancia - coffee mouse and orange perfumed chocolateAcqua, vino, digestivo... Take a seat, enjoy the sunset atmosphere and get ready for this sensorial experience in Sicily's sea!

$178.40 Cultural & Theme Tours

Island of Mozia and Saline (Marsala) - Full Day Tour

We will walk across the pond and the banks of crystallization tanks, explaining their operating worlds and the main tools for raising water and refining salt. So it will be time for a good lunch break, obviously based on typical local products, and in a particularly evocative location that you certainly will not forget. In the afternoon, finally, we will visit the "Baglio Anselmi" museum, in particular the "Punic ship", a unique example of commerce. resurfaced from the seabed after 2000 years and now beautifully displayed in the museum room. The island was discovered by Giuseppe Whitaker, an Italian nobleman who lived at the end of the nineteenth century, who moved to Sicily with his family and started an export activity of "Marsala" wine flours. The ancient Punic colony was founded in the eighth century BC and is 10 km from the city of Marsala, standing on one of the four lagoon islands, the island of San Pantaleo (name given during middle age). Visiting the island we will discover the Cartagena life, also through the important testimonies shown in the museum "Whitaker Foundation". Next to the "Ettore e Infersa" museum, an ancient and important place of salt production, famous and fascinating.  ( Travel ) shedule: 9:30 a. m. : Arrival to the Ettore e Infersa quarter and boarding at the “ Mozia Line” gate ;  Visit to the archaeological area and “Whitaker” foundation museum, in particular:     The Kothon, little artificial basin of rectangular form, the ancient harbour used for goods loading and unloading  The Tophet, an open air sanctuary where the boxes containing human sacrificies relics were posed;   Hause of mosaics: called like this for the presence of two black and white pebble mosaics, showing a winged Griffon chasing a doe and a lion attacking a bull;   The “Cappiddrazzu” sanctuary, where “ The young man with the tunic” was discovered , a statue in Ionic marble well shown at the museum   The doors, the walls , the towers, the Archaeological findings, the Venus Temple remains, the remains of the two doors consenting the entrance to the city, “Northern door” and “Southern door”  Boarding from Mozia toward per la “ Ettore e Infersa” quarter.  Arrival to the “ Ettore e Infersa “Salt Museum, and guided tour and fee time fo shopping;  Departure from the museum.  01:30 p.m. Lunch at restaurant  03:00 p.m.  Visit to the Baglio Anselmi Museum – Punic ship; 

$142.72 Private & Custom Tours

Marsala Wine Experience, Erice And Salt Flats Coast - Private Tour

Meet your Local Guide at the port of Trapani, then drive along the SALT FLAT coast till MARSALA. On the way we'll do some photo stops.Giuseppe Garibaldi landed in Marsala in 1860 to start the reunification of Italy. The town preserves a cosy center with its cathedral from the norman times, even though it was heavily bombed during WW2. Arrive in charming Marsala for Wine Tasting in one of the area's historic wineries. Learn more about the Marsala-wine making process and the fascinating history of local viticulture. The visit at a local WINERY includes some wine tasting and the widely known Marsala wine.Time for a lunch break before continuing to ERICE where a stroll trough the cobblestoned streets of the medieval town will take us to the public garden located nearby the ruins of the Norman castle. The view from here is stunning. It is not just the views, however that brings people here since the quaint cobblestone streets have their own unique appeal. We'll have time for a cappuccino and taste the famous almond pastries.

$160.56 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Olive Oil, Salt and Wine Tour from Palermo

Today meet our staff and departure for Marsala. The region of Marsala was always known for its fine grapes, but it was since 19th century that several firms started to produce the fortified Marsala wine: Woodhouse, Ingham, Good, Whitaker and the world renowned Florio. Around 10am we visit a Winery to taste the Marsala wines. Marsala can be dry or sweet. While the city's natives sometimes drink "vintage" Marsala, the wine produced for export is universally fortified similar to Port, Madeira and Sherry. Originally, this addition of alcohol was to ensure that it would last on long ocean voyages, but now it is made that way because of its popularity in foreign markets. Then we travel along the Salt Way Road and through the Nature Reserve of the Stagnone (that literally means large pool). Since this large lagoon has shallow and very salty water, it is the ideal place for saltworks. While travelling you will be fascinated by this unusual landscape: panels of mirror-like water, held by thin strips of earth and white windmills. Beyond the saltworks stand out some islands - including Mothia, once joined to the mainland by a paved road -  while Isola Longa (Long Island) encloses the lagoon. The sea salt in the tradition of this part of Sicily is obtained by the evaporation of the sea water. In Summer it is possible to admire piles of salt just harvested. Light lunch will be served in an Olive Oil Producer (Farmhouse/Winery). You will be served a tasting of mixed local products such as cheese, salumi, olives, local bread combined with their production of extra-virgin olive oil (water and local wine included).  Later this afternoon we will reach Segesta to visit the ancient Greek temple (Admission fee: not included) that boasts a hilltop position. This magnificent and impressive Doric temple is one of the best preserved in the world, though (strictly speaking) never completed, as the roof was never added and the pillars never fluted. Then we return to Palermo.