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.

Entries in ancient ruins (4)

Friday
Mar022012

Palermo

This is, as one of our visitors exclaimed, a veritable cornucopia of architecture and art. The town was originally a Phoenician city – some of their defensive walls still stand near the Royal Palace. The Greeks, the Romans (perhaps we should say Byzantines) followed by the Arabs all made their contribution to the city which when the Normans arrived was already the wealthiest and most cultured city in Europe. The churches and the palaces of this period, with their elegant style and rich decorations still impress everyone who comes here. The refined Catalan Gothic style gave way to the Renaissance and then the Spanish Baroque. There is so much to see and enjoy – the parks, the restaurants, the market, the port – and then there is the imposing opera house “Teatro Massimo” where, during the season, some spectacular productions are presented.

Palermo

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