Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo, Marsala

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Once home to the most important Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements, Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo was rediscovered in 1888. Basilican monks occupied the island in the Middle Ages, but lived in total isolation until Joseph Whitaker arrived in the 19th century. Since then, the Whitaker Foundation has owned and managed the island, which is known for its wine production. Take a guided tour of the wineries' cellars, where you can taste their wines. Visit the museum to see the well-preserved ruins of the noble residencies, roads, and artifacts. You can hire an English-speaking guide for a tour of the island. Work out when and for how long to visit Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo and other Marsala attractions using our handy Marsala itinerary builder.
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  • Accessible only by sea, but the only way to access it is to pay the ticket. But the cost is justified by the beauty of the island, the landscape, the archaeological site and the Museum,
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  • Museum sights: giovinetto di mozia amazing am as well as other exhibits are valuable. do walk on the island: estimated time 45 minutes but you can do calmly in a couple of hours
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  • On the island you can visit a number of archaeological sites Phoenicians well illustrated and explained. There are remains of temples to various gods that date back to the 5th century BC (approximately) as well as the walls and the gateway. Are sites preserved very well and are really interesting. In addition, there are many other Museum artifacts dating back to various eras, but the older ones are amazing, even inscriptions in the Phoenician alphabet, statues and objects. Well explained and illustrated. The entrance to the Museum you pay 9 €, in addition you have to pay the boatman to go there (€ 5 return), but it is a pittance compared to the richness and beauty of the place. In winter you can go only in the morning. To visit and turn everything calmly takes about three hours. Go for it.
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