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Marsala salt pans & windmills

San Pantaleo Island, also known more commonly as Mozia, is located off the coast of Sicily between Trapani and Marsala. This island contains the archeological ruins of an ancient Phonecian settlement, and was an important colony of Carthage. The Greeks of Syracuse (what is modern day Siracusa) conquered Mozia in the 4th century BC. The surviving inhabitants relocated to a new place on the Sicilian coast nearby, which had a headland that was more defensible. The new settlement was called Lilybaeum, in what is today the modern town of Marsala. It is interesting to note that the history of Motya of Mothia (variations of the original Phonecian name) was all but forgotten until the turn of the 20th century when the land was purchased by an English exporter who began excavating the island for development.

The Mozia Charioteer (470–460 B.C.)
This is kind of a fun day trip from Trapani. There are the archeological ruins to view if one likes that sort of thing (which I do) and there is a museum on the island containing many relics which have been dug up. More than this, however, is the natural beauty of Mozia and it is a pleasant place just to wander around in nature. Many good views of of the Marsala salt pans and windmills can also be viewed from the island. I've visited here a few times over the years, and the archeological digs never seem to move too fast, the museum is worth a quick walk through (not very large), and most of all I always enjoy a walkabout on the island with its many interesting plants, lizards, birds and such. One has to take a ferry to reach the island. If coming from Trapani, take a train from Trapani to Marsala, and then a bus from Marsala, which stops by the ferry departure point for the island.
Even a snail will eventually reach its destination
I think the ferry takes about 10-15 minutes to get there and a fairly smooth ride across the water. While wandering the island and seeing some of the archeological ruins, I was also interested to photograph some of the nature here. I spotted this snail that had climbed to the top of a plant and snapped a photo with my macro lens. I couldn't help but wonder where it was going, but looked like it's destination had been reached perhaps. It must have taken it a piece of time to scale this height, and wondered the reasons for it - maybe just because it was there! That is the backstory behind the photo and caption, and one of my favorite photos from my years of traveling, as it has varied symbolic aspects for interpretation.

walterman9999 says:
The Phoenicians had a real place in history...a very long time ago.
Posted on: May 07, 2016
spocklogic says:
Apparently this Englishman, Joseph Whitaker, was in the family wine business near Marsala, as an exporter. He was also an ornithologist too. His main interest in the island may have been archeology, but ownership of the property suited the nearby family business as well. One of his ideas, I think, was to revive the 'wine of the Phoenicians'. Cultivating vineyards on Mozia is still done today. In this sense, the purchase of the island likely served a dual purpose for Whitaker's interests. He wrote a book about his archeological excavations - Motya - A Phoenician Colony in Sicily, London. G. Bell & Sons, 1921
Posted on: May 07, 2016
Zagnut66 says:
I'm assuming the Englishman's plans on developing the property came to a halt when he found the ruins, or was he hoping to find something?
Posted on: May 06, 2016
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Marsala salt pans & windmills
Marsala salt pans & windmills
The Mozia Charioteer (470–460 B.…
The Mozia Charioteer (470–460 B…
Even a snail will eventually reach…
Even a snail will eventually reac…
Boat to Mozia
Boat to Mozia
Island of Mozia
Island of Mozia
Approach to Mozia
Approach to Mozia
Approach to Mozia
Approach to Mozia
Approach to Mozia
Approach to Mozia
Going inland
Going inland
Mozia trees
Mozia trees
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
Mozia archeological sites
The Mozia Charioteer (470–460 B.…
The Mozia Charioteer (470–460 B…
The Mozia Charioteer (470–460 B.…
The Mozia Charioteer (470–460 B…
Mozia artifacts (Sepulchral stela)
Mozia artifacts (Sepulchral stela)
Mozia artifacts (Sepulchral stela)
Mozia artifacts (Sepulchral stela)
Mozia artifacts
Mozia artifacts
Mozia artifacts
Mozia artifacts
Terracotta mask
Terracotta mask
Mozia artifacts
Mozia artifacts
Mozia artifacts
Mozia artifacts
Friendly dog - he liked me
Friendly dog - he liked me
Cacti
Cacti
Cacti
Cacti
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Mozia plants
Mozia plants
Mozia plants
Mozia plants
Mozia plants
Mozia plants
Mozia plants
Mozia plants
Mozia plants
Mozia plants
Phoenician ruins - stumbled upon t…
Phoenician ruins - stumbled upon …
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Roaming around Mozia
Mozia plants
Mozia plants
Mozia weather vane
Mozia weather vane
Magical Memory of Mozia
Magical Memory of Mozia
Carl E. Wieman and his wife - 2001…
Carl E. Wieman and his wife - 200…
Back to Marsala
Back to Marsala
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