Alessio is a nature lover who is passionate about the traditions of his region, and travelling around the world for his work has made him understand how his own roots are very important indeed. With a smile on his face, Alessio loves telling visitors from all round the world how salt is made, using anecdotes, funny stories and references to more than 2,600 years of history and culture.
Alessio’s journey starts with a minibus ride from Piazza Garibaldi to Trapani, across three different salt works: those in Trapani, Paceco, and Nubia.
Immersing yourself in scenery made so unique because of its points of contrast, colours and reflections of the sky, you will discover the history of salt, from its origins to the way it is produced and collected today, linking the life of a city to this noble, laborious profession.
Walking along the banks that separate the various basins of salt water, you will be able to discover their various functions, and understand how mankind’s ingenuity has enabled it, throughout the years, to make the most of the sea and wind’s resources for their own benefit.
In this landscape, which is now a nature reserve that allows migratory birds to reproduce, more than 200 species can be observed, including flamingos, herons, magpies, spoonbills, mallards, and black-winged stilts, which can be observed from up close or using binoculars for those who are shyer.
The area is enriched by the presence of mills, which, in a surreal manner, seem to emerge from the salt basins that extend up to the horizon.
A visit to the salt museum inside on the of ancient mills will show you all the tools used to collect salt in the past, through the life of the family that still owns it today, producing salt.
The tour ends with a tasting that is unique for its sort, surely never tried before – you will try salt that has just been collected, fleur de sal, and flavoured salt.