General

Windmills Tour Trapani and Marsala

Trapani and Marsala are famous for more than wine and seafood. Trapani, in particular, boasts some of Europe’s oldest salt marshes, and is still home to some of the windmills once used to drain water from the basins (containing ponds). Drawing salt from water remains a slow process, similar to desalination, something talked about more and more with the serious water supply problems confronting Sicily. The evaporation procedure utilises the flat marshlands of Trapani’s coast and the long, dry Sicilian summers.

Salt extraction was a technology known to the ancient Egyptians, and in Sicily dates at least from the time of the Greeks and Romans. It has flourished in the Trapani area unto the present day, not for a lack of “dry” salt deposits in Sicily (where there are several mines), but because many cooks prefer sea salt to that harvested from other sources. The windmills, however, were a medieval development.

By the nineteenth century, Sicilian sea salt was exported to European countries as far away as Norway and Russia. Several of the British firms involved in other Sicilian exports, namely Marsala wine and sulpher, helped develop the international trade in sea salt.

Trapani, ancient Drepanum, was the port for Erice, and the town’s fortunes have always been tied to the sea. By the nineteenth century tuna had become an important product. It still is. Salt is just one part of the picture.

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The road from Trapani to Marsala skirts round the edge of the lagoon and the island of Mozia providing fine views of the local saltworks: panels of mirror-like water, held by thin strips of earth, synchronise to form an irregular and multicoloured scene.

Mozia is small (forty hectares), but historical island which, along with Isola Lunga, Santa Maria and Isola della Schola, forms a small archipelago in Stagnone, the biggest lagoon in Sicily and one of the most humid zones in Europe. Mozia became one of the most important Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements in the Mediterranean due to its proximity to the powerful Carthage.

Visit the Whitaker Museum (founded by Giuseppe Whitaker who organized the first excavation of Mozia in 1875).

Here one can find many objects of Phoenician origin and one of the most notable finds of the past few years, the Giovinetto di Mozia, the statue of a young boy which dates back to the 5th century BC. This excursion also includes a trip to the windmills and saltpans.

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Marsala

Marsala

Marsala City

At the tip of Sicily, always breezy, it has a pleasant climate even in the summer. Revenue walk from the ancient Porta di Mare today Porta Garibaldi and enjoy the city’s history. Do not miss: the “hidden” Museum of Flemish tapestries that preserves 8 precious pieces; Piazza Loggia with Lachiesa Mother, one of the largest of Sicily; Via XI Maggio called “Cassaro”, a place of social and commercial life of the city; the Monumental Complex S. Pietro with the Garibaldi Museum and the Convento del Carmine with its striking Pinacoteca Comunale.
Enjoy our guided tours, professional tastings and delicious pairings with traditional Sicilian dishes at different
historical cellars in Marsala where you can also admire the fascinating baglios and  the modern underground
barrique rooms. Choose several options to get to know Marsala wine through professional tastings and refined pairings.

elicacies you can not miss:
The “pane and panelle” classic example of “street food”

Find a good deep frying shop immediately after the Porta Garibaldi right on the stairs of the fish market. Typical dish of the tip of western Sicily: the fish couscous. A version of a very refined and tasty dish of Arab heritage. The couscous is made from grains of durum wheat semolina steamed in a broth of fish and shellfish that uses a bit ‘ of all the varieties of the Mediterranean. You definitely will find it in the cities of Marsala and Trapani.

Island of Mozia – Stroll the archaeological on the road of the Phoenicians

Within walking distance from the mainland, surrounded by shallow water and easily defendable, Mozia is one of the Phoenician colonies of strategic importance for trade routes in the Mediterranean. In 397 BC Mozia set on fire by the Greeks and vanishes from history. H. Schliemann, the archaeologist of Troy, arrives there without recognizing it. In 1913 the G. Whitaker found during his excavations. Today Mozia offers a unique archaeological tour immersed in the enchanting Natural Reserve of Stagnone. Do not miss the museum with the “Young Man of Mozia” and the picnic under the pine trees.
TIPS:You can reach Mozia also by canoe!

 

Saline Ettore and Infersa – A job heroic draws a marvelous landscape

On the coast of the Stagnone in summer shine piles of salt and salt marshes, strewn with windmills, they turn pink. Leading voice of the economy since 1300 A.D. today this salt harvested by hand is a niche product. The salt marshes are also a destination for protected migratory birds such as herons, flamingos … Do not miss a visit to the museum: the mill with millstones, the videos on the workmanship of salt, the purchase of products of saline and curious jewelry “salt dough” that look like corals!
TIPS: For a romantic weekend getaway Please ask the museum for a room facing the salt marshes and the whole reserve, to enjoy the sunset!

MUSEUM AND ATTRACTION


Museo Archeologico Baglio Anselmi (Marsala)

Museo Whitaker (Isola di Mozia)

Museo del Sale (Saline di Ettore Infersa)

Area Archelogica San Girolamo

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Trapani

Trapani

Trapani Best Bestination

Trapani is a superb place for your wonderful holidays, Wheater is blessed by God.

Situated between the sea and Mount Erice, the ancient Drepanon on the west-coast of Sicily, was the site of a crushing Roman defeat by the Carthaginians, in 249 BC. Erice (Eryx).

Today Trapani is a modern medetirranean fascinating city, a perfect base for a perfect holiday or a beach vacation rental and ideal to explore the most beautiful nearby destinations as:

The marvelous Egadi Islands The medieval atmosphere of Erice The ancient Hellenistic Segesta The wild and beautiful Zingaro nature reserve

Trapani Apartments run self catering accommodations, villas  or apartments to rent Ideal for 2/4 people or up to 8 people

Apartments  have been refurbished in 2013 with the addition of a new bathroom, kitchen, heating and air-conditioning.

This 4 sleeps apartment is extremely convenient: located Old Town Trapani and yet within walking distance from the beach.

the apartment is situated in a very central and quiet position, in the center of the old Trapani town, close to the Trapani port and the Terminal to Egadi Island. Waterfront Located

Set on the western most tip of Sicily, Trapani has both a commercial port and an airport.

Trapani can be reached also through both Palermo port and international airport, which is connected to several European capitals.

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