You might be familiar with the name “Marsala” because of the famous fortified wine that originates in the city - and in fact, one of Marsala’s nicknames is the “Città del Vino,” or city of wine. It would be a shame to get to this city on the western coast of Sicily and not try its namesake wine, but that’s surely not the only reason to visit.

Marsala is a historic port city, the furthest point west on the island of Sicily, and is known for its history, beaches, and, of course, wine. The ancient Roman city that once occupied this spot was one of the most important on the island, thanks to its position as a busy commercial port. Today, while Marsala is still a port city, it’s more of a tourist area than a commercial center.

Things to do and see in Marsala include an archaeological museum, a former Benedictine monastery (which houses a Garibaldi exhibit), the lagoon (popular with windsurfing and kite surfing), and the nearby island of Motya (an archaeological site where an ancient Greek city once stood).

Most people coming to this part of Sicily are likely attracted by the sun, sand, and surf - not to mention the relaxed attitude toward summer. Foodies will be interested in sampling Marsala’s namesake wine. The Marsala that gets exported is a fortified wine, but you’ll find a wider variety of Marsala available in the city itself.

Visitors to Marsala can fly into nearby Trapani and then take the train along the coast (the train from Palermo to Marsala takes more than three hours). If you plan to visit multiple places in Sicily, however, you would benefit from renting a car.

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4-Night Western Sicily Tour from Palermo: Segesta, Marsala, Monreale and Corleone, Palermo, null
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4-Night Western Sicily Tour from Palermo: Segesta, Marsala, Monreale and Corleone

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See the best of western Sicily on a 4-night tour filled with interesting history, beautiful scenery and traditional Sicilian food and culture. Staying ...  Read more

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 5 days/4 nights

From USD $682.71
Palermo Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Segesta, Erice and Marsala, Palermo, Multi-day Tours
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Palermo Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Segesta, Erice and Marsala

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Ever dreamed of exploring Sicily? While you’re in port in Palermo, you can do just that on this private shore excursion to the beautiful towns of ...  Read more

Location: Palermo, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.74
2 Day Marsala Wine Tour, Trapani, Ports of Call Tours
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2 Day Marsala Wine Tour

The wine tour aims to raise awareness of the Sicilian traditions during the grape harvest, bringing guests to discover the whole process, from grape harvest to ...  Read more

Location: Marsala, Italy
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $216.81

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