Chiesa del Purgatorio


This beautiful 18th-century church (1771), with showy, heavily sculpted facade, is a fine example of Sicilian baroque architecture – as is the ornate fountain piercing the cobbled square, Piazzetta Lombardo detta Purgatorio, that the church overlooks.

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1. Museo degli Arazzi Fiammingi

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Tapestry fans should check out this tiny museum displaying eight 16th-century Flemish tapestries, woven in Brussels for Spanish King Philip II.

2. Piazza della Repubblica

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Marsala's most elegant piazza is dominated by the imposing Chiesa Madre. Just across the way, on the eastern side of the square, is the arcaded Palazzo…

3. Palazzo VII Aprile

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This lovely arcaded palazzo, formerly known as the Palazzo Senatorio (Senatorial Palace), is now Marsala's town hall.

4. Complesso Monumentale San Pietro

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Housed in a beautifully restored 15th-century convent, this arts centre is home to an intriguing complex of small museums. Most noteworthy is the upstairs…

5. Porta Garibaldi

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This old town gate marks the southern edge of Marsala's historic centre.

6. Porta Nuova

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This old town gate marks the western edge of Marsala's historic centre.

7. Museo Archeologico Baglio Anselmi

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Marsala's finest treasure is the partially reconstructed remains of a Carthaginian liburna (warship) sunk off the Egadi Islands during the First Punic War…

8. Museo Whitaker

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This museum on San Pantaleo island, 10km north of Marsala, houses a unique collection of Phoenician artefacts assembled over decades by amateur…