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MARSALA & PALERMO, Western Sicily.Wednesday 24th – Monday 29th June 2020. £825.00pp

Marsala is a coastal town in Western Sicily.
The town has ancient origins and some fine exhibits in its archaeological museum. It makes a practical base for a holiday.
3 nights in Marsala and 2 nights in Palmero.
Includes a day trips to the wonderful Egadi Islands, Erice and Selinunte.

Marsala is nowadays most famous for two things. Firstly, its wine, also called Marsala. After a long period of poverty, Marsala became home to a prosperous wine trade, developed by entrepeneurs at the end of the eighteenth century, led by one John Woodhouse, from Liverpool, who exported the fortified wine. Marsala’s other claim to fame is as the landing place for Garibaldi and his thousand men (the Mille) on May 11th 1860, starting the chain of events immediately preceding Italy’s unification. Throughout town you’ll find commemorative plaques, and businesses of every description trading under Garibaldi’s name and image.

Palermo is Sicily’s regional capital, a busy port city on the north-western coast of the island. In the Middle Ages, Palermo was one of Europe’s leading cities. With some glorious historic buildings, vibrant, scruffy markets and a sunny climate, Palermo is doing a fairly good job of shaking off its previous bad reputation. It has bohemian boutiques, famously-excellent street food, fine architecture and a lively atmosphere.

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