Project Description

Nubia Salt Museum in Trapani

The “Via del Sale” (“Salt Route”) between Trapani and Marsala was created to enhance the Trapani and Paceco Nature Reserve with its salt pans, the slow movement of the windmills, white marble salt cones, iridescent pools and many varieties of birds migratory. The Trapani salt pans date back to the Phoenicians and nowadays represent the heart of local trade, contributing to the wealth of the city of Trapani and making it one of the most important ports for the export of salt in Europe.

This precious food is nicknamed “the white gold of Sicily”, given that in the Renaissance, the price of salt was equal to gold and that salt was used as a bargaining chip. In Paceco, within the Nubia district, the Salt Museum was built, a place where you can relive the harmony between sea and land. Outreach’s bilingual guide, expert in art history, will allow you to visit this extraordinary place, located in an ancient seventeenth-century beam used for the milling of salt with an adjoining large and characteristic windmill.

The Salt Museum is a place where it is possible to admire and relive in person the harmony between sea and land, between long-lasting production techniques and the final product as well as understanding the high cultural value that salt-production culture had and still has in Sicily. The surrounding salt pans unravel between windmills and mounds of white salt in hot water tubs, in a magnificent play of lights and colors from pink to blue.