One long year has gone by since the COVID-19 pandemic messed up our lives and the desire to come back to our normality is high. Moreover, in the magic land of Sicily the sun shines and a pleasant spring air envelops us and warms our souls.
What should you do if, one morning, at last, the News announce loudly: “We got there! Pandemic is over!”? You should hug your friends and relatives or go out for a pizza with your family, of course, but what about planning a trip?
We strongly suggest to visit the west coast of Sicily, where lots of things you can see and do. Marsala, for example, is the ideal destination for a few days trip; it offers different kind of tourist attractions; there’s the sea, there are different enogastronomic itineraries and archaeological and historical attractions, too.
Today, we’re going to talk about the Lilibeo Regional Archaeological Museum of Marsala and its treasures.
Lilibeo Museum is located on the promontory of Capo Boeo, exactly in Baglio Anselmi, a 19th centuary factory for the production of Marsala wine, renovated and inaugurated in 1986. It houses the most important archaeological remains of the ancient Lilybaeum, from its origins as Phoenician colony of Mozia to the evolution and transformation in the medieval city of Marsala.
In the main hall is located a precious treasure: the wreck of the Punic ship. Sunk during the First Punic War, it constitutes the unique example in the world of the construction techniques of ancient Punic ships.
The remains of the historic boat were recovered in 1971, in the stretch of sea of the long island, at the north entrance of the lagoon of the Stagnone, in Marsala. Only the rear part and part of the side, 10 meters long and 3 meters wide, were recovered from the wreck.
Other finds preserved in the Museum consist of medieval wrecks, Roman-era terracotta pottery, a series of epigraphs engraved on stone slabs, transport and wine amphorae, anchor stocks and so on.
The Mediterranean was, above all in the past, an important point of reference for trade and communication routes. According to the Saracens it was the middle sea, an enchanted sea that has linked the fate of people and suggested rhymes to poets and writers who find inspiration in the blue of waters full of colors and stories, like that of our Punic ship. Walking through the Lilibeo Museum you can feel and see with your own eyes how all that is true!