Places to see

Just a few minutes drive from Villa Mimosa you will find Selinunte with beautiful beaches, magnificent temples, picturesque harbour and various restaurants. Or the vibrant historic town Castelvetrano, with regular markets and a beautiful piazza to sit in, whilst soaking up the atmosphere.

For other places to visit, scroll down the page or use the links to the right to find out about each attraction.

Friday
Mar022012

Mozia

The tiny island of San Pantaleo was once the wealthy Phoenician city of Mozia. In the late 19th Century Joseph Whittaker, whose family a hundred years earlier had moved from Yorkshire to join in establishing the Marsala wine industry, purchased the island and began the archaeological excavations that are continuing to this day. His house – now a museum – contains an enormous collection of objects found when the ancient city walls, harbour and necropolis were cleared.

In 1979 the most superb statue of a charioteer was discovered and now forms the principal exhibit of the collection. It is, without doubt, one of the finest ancient Greek works of art to be seen anywhere. (The reason for its presence here on the island makes a fascinating story).

Mozia

Friday
Mar022012

Mazara Del Vallo

This ancient town (the name is Phoenician in origin) is now the largest fishing port on the Mediterranean. It was here that the Arabs first landed in the second decade of the ninth century. The town still retains its Saracen layout and even the name kasbah in the oldest section.

It is worth exploring the narrow streets, occasionally opening into small squares with at least one Baroque church; the busy port alive with the sounds of ship building and repairs, the park that was once a Norman castle and the main square with the beautiful colonnaded seminary on the right, the bishop’s palace on the left and the cathedral behind which is only marred by the unbelievably hideous Town Hall at the opposite end.

Just round the corner the splendid Jesuit seminary (now the Library) faces the newly established Museum of the Satyr. This superb Hellenic bronze was fished out of the sea just a few years ago. Believed to be an original work by Phidias, this life size dancing satyr should not be missed.

Mazara Del Vallo