Mazara del Vallo is one of Sicily’s prettiest fishing towns.

Mazara del Vallo is one of Sicily’s prettiest fishing towns.

Ulrike Leone/Alamy

Sicily is a melting pot, and Mazara del Vallo typifies that. Founded by the Phoenicians nearly 3,000 years ago, it’s seen myriad cultures flow throungh the island — its Kasbah area is similar to a north African medina, there’s a strong Tunisia community, and you’ll be more likely to find couscous on the menu than pasta.

Its stand out attraction is the Satiro Danzante, or dancing satyr — an ancient bronze statue fished out of the sea in 1998.

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