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Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo
Ranked #6 of 69 things to do in Marsala
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We had a great walk around the island and the museum is worth a visit. It’s quiet this time of year so not many other tourist making it a tranquil experience.

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Joseph Whittaker's island came alive through our incredible 5-star local guide, Elena Rutkowska Buscemi. With a book of photographs in hand, she guided us from what we were seeing to what the island looked like in Phoenician times --- including an underwater causeway and the underwater foundation blocks for walls.
I agree with another reviewer who said Mozia is an unexpected treasure. We watched workers brushing off soil to uncover stones in a temple and visited the small (but growing) museum. We also sampled the terrific wine from the Grillo grapes grown on the island.
Guides can arrange for lunch (and Grillo) on the island, which is reached by a very short boat ride from the Trapani Salt Flats. That said, we did not walk around the whole island and opted to tour along one area of the shoreline, visit the house, the archeological digs, the 'fresh water' pond, museum and lunch. Our tour guide also showed us the Trapani Salt Water flats. Terrific.

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Short boat trip into the world of an ancient Phoenician island city. Amazingly much still recognisable. Museum has some remarkable treasures found locally including the 'Young Man' statue found on the island.

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

We visited the island with our own guide and enjoyed it very much. So much history! The artifacts displayed in the small museum are impressive.

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

We took the boat over to Mozia from Trapani. The crossing was crowded but comfortable. Our fabulous guide Italo Giordano organised lunch for us before we went for 17 Euro each. The meal included a fabulous spread and wine. There is a cafe there on the island but they can't cater for a large party without notice. There are loos but take tissues with you. One is prohibited from putting paper down the toilet so not provided. I think this incredible place comes with a few warnings. It took us about half an hour to walk back to all facilities in the heat. Everything is up one end of the island so take water, sun hats, sticks or whatever you need. We noted one British party did not actually venture very far away from the shade and cups of tea! We were taken around the archaeological sites including the tophet and main street. (it took all day with leisurely lunch). Look up tophet, We worked out these unfortunate children were about six a year in number, so very special. Other children were found in the main cemetery so something unusual was going on even if you so not believe in human sacrifice. The Whitaker Museum was also interesting dispkaying the incedible finds of the site and other items Whitaker collected and it provided a welcome cool area. Unfortunately whilst inside the museum and enjoying reading about some ancient makeup, an Italian guide ordered me to get back to the British party and get out of her way. As my party were mostly Maltese with an Italian guide, I found this amusing, but rude. The other strange encounter of this trip involved our Italian professional archeologist trying to introduce the (also) Italian archeologist of the Mozia site, to the Maltese archaeological association. In
response he actually walked away and refused to stop and speak. How strange is that? I wonder whether there is something strange about this necropolis that rubs off. However, the museum personnel and meal providers were charming.

1  Thank Marco_the_Maltabus
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