Monday, August 31, 2015

Western Sicily Trapani and Marsala

Western Sicily
Trapani and Marsala

Trapani, the ancient Drepanon, is located in the northwestern tip of Sicily. The city is world renowned since the 16th Century for its coral artisans whose works can be viewed at the Pepoli Museum.

A stroll through the historic center will acquaint the visitor with buildings and monuments representative of the various cultures and traditions that passed through this city:


The Jewish quarter and  the Palazzo della Giudecca
Casalicchio and its Arab roots
Palazzo Cavarretta, home of the Trapanese Senate
The Jesuit Church and College
San Lorenzo Cathedral’s Crucifix by Flemish painter Van Dyck

Western Sicily is also the Erice Medieval Borgo, Segesta with its Greek temple and theater and the Egadi archipelago, comprised of Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo. Further along the coast, facing Africa, are:
Mazara del Vallo’ s port and canal
Europe's largest archeological park - Selinunte
San Vito Lo Capo and the Scopello Faraglioni.

Marsala was founded in 397 BC as Lillibeo by the Phoenicians who survived the destruction of Mozia; it was a major city during the Punic, Roman, Arab and Norman periods. Today, it is best known for a prestigious wine-liqueur that carries the city’s name and the landing of Garibaldi’s Mille in 1860 which led to the unification of Italy.

Ancient Marsala’s origins are reflected in its majestic cathedral, the adjacent 16th Century Arazzi Fiamminghi museum, the suggestive Porta Garibaldi sea view and entry to the Spanish quarter.

Artistic and cultural itineraries include:
The Sibilla Grotto
The archeological museum with the remains of a Carthaginian ship and Lilibeo artifacts
The Laguna dello Stagnone with its windmills and salt marshes.

The local superb culinary tradition includes cassata siciliana, cannoli, arancini, a variety of pasta dished and the famed marsala wine.

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