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A cosy seaport town of Marsala is located in the province of Trapani on the island of Sicily. This charming town is the birth place of Marsala wine and has become very popular with tourists all year round.
It was also the home of Lilybaeum, the focal point of the Carthaginian conquest in Sicily. The city was founded by Himilco in 396 BC. Neither Pyrrhus nor the Roman legions could take Lilybaeum until the Romans eventually conquered it in the 3rd century BC at the end of the First Punic War.
Under Roman rule, Marsala enjoyed considerable wealth and peace. It was the Arabs who gave the town its name; Marsala comes from the Arabic 'Marsa Allah', which means port of Allah. The old port was destroyed long ago, but a new one was built on the southeast side of the city. The port is easily accessible by car if you decide to opt for car hire in Marsala during your stay.
There is little that remains from the days of ancient Lilybaeum. There are remnants of the town walls, side walk stones and foundations of some buildings still remain from that period in the city's history. In the eastern half of the city is a great fosse which protected the city from attack by land and near by there are stone quarries. Finding this remarkable site is simple with car rental in Marsala.
Trapani Airport, also known as Birgi Airport, is situated 16kms north of Marsala. Car hire is available at this airport. For the best prices and a larger selection of cars, book online in advance.