Marsala is a charming seaside city on Sicily’s west coast, world famous for its sweet dessert wine. Discover Marsala’s rich viticulture and cuisine within the historic town centre, home to elegant paved marble streets, stately baroque buildings and restaurant-rimmed piazzas.
Things to do in Marsala
The heart of Marsala belongs to Piazza Della Repubblica, an elegant square dominated by the Chiesa Madre. Relax in a cafe and admire the Mother Church’s richly adorned Baroque facade, before exploring an interior housing several impressive secular paintings. Marsala has plenty of atmospheric wine bars and cosy osterias to savour the authentic flavours of Sicily. The courtyard at Enoteca della Strada del Vino is a great place for an aperitif and also showcases a range of local vintages.
Love history? Visit the Baglio Anselmi Archaeological Museum, where you can see Marsala’s finest treasure, a partially reconstructed Carthaginian warship. Dating back to the 3rd century BC, the ship is the only remaining physical evidence of the Phoenicians’ sea warfare.
A trip to Marsala isn’t complete without taking a winery tour. Travel through lush vineyards and rolling pastures, before stopping at some of the region’s finest cellar doors. Florio is a must-see winery for its fascinating history and beautifully arched cellar that dates back to 1832.
Stagnone Nature Reserve is renowned for its beautiful natural scenery and spectacular sunsets. Time your visit for a romantic evening meal at Mama Caura, where you can dine on the terrace overlooking the vast lagoon.
Getting around Marsala
Marsala’s pedestrianised old quarter is easily explored on foot. Trapani’s Vincenzo Florio Airport is just a 25-minute drive from Marsala, while Palermo’s Falcone-Borsellino Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away. There are train connections to both airports, as well as ferry services to the Egadi Islands and Favignana.