Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo

Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo

Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo
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KevinW12350
Calgary, Canada35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A beautiful island for a walk on a nice day. But as far as the museum and ruins go, save your money. It’s actually pretty sad to see the lack of care and state of disrepair of the archeological sites. The signs are worn down and unreadable in many places and in one case the same sign is repeated at numerous locations. The museum has some interesting pieces but not worth the cost. The guide map we were provided was unreadable in numerous sections, like it had been miscopied. Consistent with the whole feel you get of apathy by the authorities for this site.
Written February 4, 2020
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travelors2_13
Toronto, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Visiting Mozia with a guide gave us an excellent introduction to life at this Carthaginian outpost and the wars with the Greek city states and later the Romans. Starting here gave us a chronological introduction to visiting Sicily. Our guide, Azzurra Cuzensa, was superb!
Written May 19, 2022
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This small island has some amazing history and is definitely worth visiting. You arrive and return by boat across a small lagoon that was originally used for harvesting salt. Windmills and salt pans can be seen on the boat ride making this part quite lovely. The island has a number of ancient ruins and a very nice small museum detailing the ancient history of the place.
Written July 4, 2022
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Shorty55_13
Marborough, MA73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
After a brief, enjoyable ferry trip past the salt flats and several windmills, one arrives at Pantaleo Island where the archeological site of Mozia (also known as Mothia or Motya) is located. Mozia was founded by the Phoenicians. Footpaths provide an easy walk through the various points of interest among the ruins with informational signs often available to highlight the history and past use of said sites including a water basin in which reflection of star alignments were studied. The museum houses quite a large collection of artifacts.
Written June 15, 2022
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Lottelli
Wirral, UK2,487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
A great trip over on the boat took in the salt flats and pleasant scenery. The water actually isn’t that deep! Off at the other side there is a cafe, an interesting walk to some ruins and even a very old mosaic. There is a museum but I didn’t go in there. It was all very pleasant! We had lunch made for us - I understand they get people from the island to make things for guests rather than be open to all like a cafe. It was delicious.
Written October 27, 2022
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Leif B
Pietarsaari, Finland2,814 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Today we went with a little boat from Marsala to the island Sao Pantaleo, which was known as Motya during the Chartaginian period. You can still find settlement from that time. From the Roman time you can also fine mosaicfloor. An interesting site.
Written May 31, 2023
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Marco C
Palermo, Italy3,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
I believe the possibility to see the unique Greek statue "Giovane di Mozia" ("Young of Mozie") inside the Whitaker museum is alone worth the trip to Mozia. Add the rest of the collection inside the museum, the wonderful natural setting, the importante of the Phoenician archeological site, the view on the salt pans when going back to main Sicily with the boat: absolutely among the best things to do while in Marsala. If you take the boat back to spend sunset-hour by Riserva dello Stagnone, even better.
The boat ride is 5 euros (two-ways), and only takes 5 minutes; save the ticket to come back. To enter the island you have to additionally pay 9 euros (well worth the value for me).
Written October 31, 2017
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onero
Brisbane, Australia869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
Please note: If you are not really interested in ancient history, this island is not for you. There's not much to see beyond the museum, and that is rather small. Plus the fee to get there by small ferry-boat (6 euros) and the fee to land on the island (9 euros) causes many people to grumble. It's their own fault really, for not knowing what they were coming to see. But if you come with knowledge and imagination, this island is a great place to visit, and historically very significant. In fact. this island is the main reason I chose Amber Road Tours for my trip around Sicily. Amber Road had the only tour that included this island on its itinerary. Why was this important? Because in the 7th and 6th Century BC, when both Phoenicians and Greeks began colonising Sicily, Motya became the main Phoenician base. They built a great settlement here, surrounded by fortifications, with an underwater causeway linking the island to the mainland. This great fortified town became their bulwark against the Greeks, until Dionysus of Syracuse attacked it with a great army (including the first recorded use of the catapult) in 397BC and destroyed it. Afterwards, it began disappearing from history. In modern times it was rediscovered and partly excavated around the edges, though the centre of the island still remains ploughed agricultural land. Of course, to a Field Walker, this is gold ... because the plough still turns up relics of all kinds. If you walk in the furrows with eyes downcast, there is much to find. We found pottery shards, six ancient coins, and one small clay statue. Tell me that's not worth the entry fee! As I said, if you don't know what you're looking for, you'll complain about the cost of a visit to Motya. But if you go with imagination and knowledge, you'll be well-satisfied.
Written June 2, 2013
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usacobbler
Dublin532 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
First off please let me explain the bus schedule. The #4 bus leaves the Marsala station at the following times: 6:40 am, 8 am, 9:30am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:10 pm (despite how access to the island is closed at this point - this is a local service and will pick up and drop off other people on the way out to Mozia). The ticket was €1.20 each way. When you are ready to go back to Marsala and going to where the bus will pick you up you need to be at that spot, in front of the entrance, at least 20 min early. I got caught because the 3:10 pm bus came at 3 pm so I had to wait until 4:30 bus arrived on top of the hour I had already waited for the 3:10 bus! Don't get caught like I did. The return times will be provided when you buy your ticket in the bus station and if you do not speak Italian I would suggest having Google translate handy since nobody spoke English (a great group of people down there - we laughed so much trying to communicate). The bus journey is 20 - 30 min and where you are dropped off there is also a salt plain and the museum. You could even go out and see the staff working through the actual processes. I skipped that and paid €5 for the return boat trip (about 15 min long) to Mozia and €9 for access to the museum and Ireland. The museum had some interesting things but there were almost no signs in English whereas on the island there were quite a few signs in English. I spent almost 2 hours there wandering around and checking out what has been found - some of it was very interesting but I did do some reading about it in advance which I am glad I did. There is a cafe on the island but I grabbed a sandwich from the cafe where the boat launches from and ate it in a picnic area by the cafe on the island. There was also a full restaurant menu as well in the cafe where the boat docked and it looked very good. This is worth a visit but if taking the bus from Marsala be mindful of the timetable and be early for the return bus.
Written August 25, 2017
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Steve4241
Houston, TX290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Business
We went on a 1/2 day tour (with a special guide for our group). I knew little about the ancient history of Sicily before going, but learned all sorts of interesting things extending back ~1000 BC. Very interesting archaeological ruins, with some good stories about the local gods and goddesses at the time, and ties to Erice. If you have an ancient history buff in your group this might be a good activity which won't bore the non-history aficionados.
Written June 6, 2019
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