May 22, 2019 - Sea Cloud
Seeing both Selinunte and Marsala meant a long but eventful day off the ship. Leaving early in the morning, we first visited a vast, wonderfully green site covered with colorful spring wildflowers and gigantic columned temple ruins at the Archaeological Park of Selinunte. After a typical Italian lunch of two types of pasta, we drove to Marsala, the landing site of Giuseppe Garibaldi before his quest for Italian Unification in 1860. In the Archaeological Museum, we saw the Punic warship and the Roman cargo ship recovered from the water near Marsala. The town is also famous for its Marsala wine that we tried during the short tour of Cantine Florio, the local winery founded in 1833 that produced the entire range of Marsala fortified wines. In the meantime, Sea Cloud sailed to Trapani to meet us there shortly before dinner. Afterward, some of us took a short evening walk through the narrow streets of the port, which has been an important one since Norman times.
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