Marsala

Marsala (Italian pronunciation: [marˈsaːla]; Sicilian: Maissala, pronounced [maɪsˈsaːla]; Latin: Lilybaeum) is an Italian town located in the Province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily. Marsala is the most populated town in its province and the fifth in Sicily.

Marsala
Maissala  (Sicilian)
marsā llāh / مَرْسَى اللّٰه  (Arabic)
Lilybaeum  (Latin)
Lilýbaion / Λιλύβαιον  (Greek)
City of Marsala
Salt evaporation ponds at Marsala
Location of Marsala
Marsala
Location of Marsala in Italy
Marsala
Marsala (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°47′53″N 12°26′03″E
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
ProvinceTrapani (TP)
Founded396 BC[1]
Government
  MayorAlberto Di Girolamo (PD)
Area
  Total241.6 km2 (93.3 sq mi)
Elevation
3 m (10 ft)
Population
 (1 January 2017)[3]
  Total82,640[4]
Demonym(s)Marsalese
Lilibetano
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
91025
Dialing code0923
ISTAT code081011
Patron saintOur Lady of the Cave (Madonna della Cava) and Saint John the Baptist
Saint dayrespectively 19 January and 24 June
WebsiteOfficial website

The town is famous for the docking of Giuseppe Garibaldi on 11 May 1860 (the Expedition of the Thousand) and for its Marsala wine. A feature of the area is the Stagnone Lagoon Natural Reserve – a marine area with salt ponds.

Marsala is built on the ruins of the ancient Carthaginian city of Lilybaeum, and includes in its territory the archaeological site of the island of Motya, an ancient Phoenician town. The modern name likely derived from the Arabic مَرْسَى عَلِيّ (marsā ʿaliyy, "Ali's harbor"), or possibly مَرْسَى اللّٰه (marsā llāh, "God's harbor").[5]