Mazaro del Vallo – Citta del Pace, City of Peace.
Interesting, considering Mazaro’s turbulent history.
Inhabited originally by the Phoenicians, then destroyed by the Carthaginians before being passed to the Romans, it prospered under the Arabs and was later conquered by the Normans.
Today, Mazaro del Vallo is known as the home of Il Satiro Danzante, The Dancing Satyr.
This bronze statue, thought to be from the 3rd century BC, was bought up from a depth of 500 metres in a fisherman’s net in 1998. Restoration in Rome took four and a half years after which it was returned and now stands in the Museo del Satiro along with other treasures found on the sea bed.There is a very interesting film shown, with English sub titles, of the story of the Satyr.
Opposite in Piazza Plebiscito, is the former Collegio dei Gesuiti, College of the Jesuits, which is now the Museum. The large baroque doorway features four telamons as well as grotesque masks and cherubs attributed to this period.
Piazza della Republica is enclosed by one side of the Duomo and the facade of the Seminario dei Chierici creating a large central piazza.
The Arab influence is still very strong here. A maze of paths and alleyways cross the Kasbah.
The narrow streets and courtyards are decorated with painted tiles and ceramics
Mazaro also has one of the largest fishing fleets on the south coast of Sicily.
Considering this, the fish market was not as big as I expected but was still very interesting.
They even shell the prawns for you!
Competition came from outside the market.
Anywhere that was available was used to sell vegetables.
The top of the car was a good place.
Or from the boot
Even better, a truck
Time for cous cous.
Al Pesciolino d’Oro
Lungomare San Vito, 191
Mazara del Vallo
Tel: +39 0923 909286