Although best known for the production of sweet dessert wine, Marsala is also famous as the landing place of Guiseppe Garibaldi at the start of his 'Risorgimento' campaign to unify Italy in May 1860. An imposing gateway situated at the edge of the town commemorates the arrival of 'i Mille' (The Thousand).
Marsala has been struck by three major earthquakes over the last 200 years, the last one in 1981. The town also suffered extensive damage and loss of life during the bombardment leading to the allied invasion of Sicily in May 1943. These events permanently damaged the Baroque centre of the town although some historic buildings remain.
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