Trapani, the sea and the salt path

The coast from Trapani to Marsala

  • Mothia-Imbarcadero
  • Mothia isle
  • Trapani: salt production

Going down from Mount Erice and continuing on the road that goes from Trapani to Marsala we propose an unforgettable itinerary, between nature and culture, within the Lagoon, a low stretch of sea water, which has now become Natural Reserve, the wealth of flora and fauna.
Here the enchanting landscape is dominated by windmills (some of the ‘500, completely restored in their wooden gears) used for the culture of sea salt: a unique and varied at any time of the year.
From June to September, the collection of salt and the endless expanses of the small mounds, very white; the solemn stillness of winter rest, dominated by the large trapezoid tiles that protect the salt; the various stages of preparation of the crop in the spring.
The reserve also houses a Visitor Center and the Salt Museum which exhibits typical equipment of the Salt Museum silicoltura traditional and panels that illustrate the operation of the salt marshes and some natural features. The Salt Museum has recent origins and it was inaugurated in 1986 through the initiative of prof. Francesca Pellegrino, who visited his education with classes in the reserve, is enchanted by an old house near the salt saline Chiusicella owned by the family Culcasi. The teacher suggested to the owner to create a museum that riproponesse traditions salinare. The old house was renovated and furnished with the typical tools of the trade of the miner: shovels, bats, baskets, ropes, wheelbarrows. The museum can be visited throughout the year, it should be noted, however, that the salt cycle begins in March and ends in September. The collections take place in June, August and September.

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