City of MARSALA
Marsala is located in a similar distance to the spot as Trapani, just in the other way – south. These two cities of comparable sizes differ quite a lot. Marsala is calm and charming. You can see remains of old city walls (the city grew on the ruins of the ancient Carthage Lilybaeum), beautiful gates, the cathedral, numerous old churches, intimate squares, gardens and other alleys. there is also a museum of contemporary art in a former monastery, a municipal archive in an old church, sixteenth-century tapestries in the museo degli arazzi fiamminghi and the famous Phoenician ship from 241 BC. in the archaeological museum of baglio anselmi.
The charm of the city is added by numerous tiny wine shops, shops with local products and restaurants with several tables on the sidewalk. at the same time, the city is not flooded by tourists.
it is difficult to say whether Marsala is more recognizable as a city or as a wine that originates from this area. anyway, being in Marsala, it's worth visiting one of the local vineyards and tasting the regional wine (below there are exaples of some local vineyards).
the history of Marsala wine began in the VIII century thanks to English merchants. one of them, john woodhouse, enchanted himself with the local wine and saw a chance to enrich himself on the wave of popularity of the Portuguese porto and Spanish sherry. English began to acquire ad export barrels of wine, which has been called Marsala since then.
marsala is a reinforced, mainly sweet and white wine produced primarily from grapes grillo, catarratto, inzolia and damaschino. the wine is strengthened by the addition of wine spirit, which is why the alcohol content is 17% and more. marsala is traditionally served as an aperitif, dessert wine and with dried fruits, cookies, desserts with cream and with strong cheeses.
Vineyards in Marsala:
distance from the spot: 14 km
travel time: 20 min.