Visiting Trapani , one of the things that tourists can not miss are some of the WWF Salt Reserve of Trapani , which was established in 1995 and entrusted to the management of the WWF Italy . The protected area , hanging in the towns of Trapani , has a total area of about 1000 hectares. The salt marshes for their high environmental value are subjected to several constraints of protection : the last of 4 April 2011, when the Ministry of Environment has declared a wetland of salt pans of Trapani ´´ site of international importance .´´
The history of the salt pans of Trapani is very ancient , probably goes back to the people of the Phoenicians about 3000 years ago. For centuries the Saline were the calling card that allowed Trapani to be known throughout Europe, established his pride , the pride of an area naturally suited to the cultivation of salt due to the favorable climate , characterized by a strong solar radiation and frequent ventilation , with low rainfall and finally by a sea , the Mediterranean, with a high degree of salinity .
Their location , the history that surrounds them and the existing flora and fauna , is the saline of Trapani a picturesque unique. (click here for a photogallery) As a result, you can not miss a visit to the Salt Museum. The Salt Museum , located in Contrada Nubia , the town of Trapani, is inserted in the official guide to museums dedicated to the European Union of the Mediterranean. Set within a beam , an ancient fortified farm of the seventeenth century used to the grinding of salt, with big windmill, the Salt Museum collects and preserves the ancient tools of the salt .
In the Salt Museum , we can admire a variety of windmills such as the " Mill star" and the " Mill american", respectively called in Sicilian dialect " Mulinu to stidda " and " Mulinu mericanu ." To seal the visit , just walk the beautiful " Via del Sale " , so called because it connects the 27 saline active in the areas of Trapani and Marsala Paceco , and that enhances an environment and a protected ecosystem and extraordinary.
Hours and Rates: Open to the public : From Monday to Sunday from 9.30 to 19.00 Price per person : 2,50 € Students : 1,50 € Rate Groups (min. 30 participants) : 2,00 € Duration guided tour of the museum : 40 min .