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 museums (4)

Friday
Mar022012

Santa Margherita Del Belice

This small town, which, in his novel “The Leopard”, Lampedusa calls Donnafugata, was almost totally destroyed in the terrible earthquake of 1968. The palace he had known and loved as a child was badly damaged but has now been restored, although none of the interior decoration survives.

The building houses a small museum of photographs and memorabilia of the author. The Chiesa Madre – only half of it – still stands with its elaborate stuccowork open to the elements. Much of the old town remains in ruins; sad but fascinating to visit.

Santa Margherita Del Belice

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