Western Sicily is famous for the rarest landscapes that can exist in the entire territory. The beauty and uniqueness of its environment is suitable for those who love being in nature and for having primitive and intoxicating sensations.
SicilianMagpie will take you to Marsala to discover the history of its salt pans.
The “stagnone” of Marsala
A few kilometers away from the inhabited center of Marsala, the land that produces one of the most well-known liqueurs in Italy, there is a nature reserve incorporated between the four islands of Mozia, Isola Grande, Schola and Santa Maria. Inside, the sea draws a large pond or “stagnone” characterized by shallow waters and temperatures above normal.
The territory, which based its economy on fishing and trade, since ancient times, was exploited for the production of salt. Just in the fifteenth century, the Spaniards, present in the region, had mills built for pumping water and grinding salt.
Even today, large salt producers, such as the Sosalt company, operate in the area making it unique in the sector.
The big pond of Marsala, however, stands out for its amazing landscape, at times ethereal. A pleasant walk at sunset can turn into a real sensorial experience. The colors are the main elements that inebriate the visitor’s gaze: the bright white of the heaps of salt mixes with the red of the waters that reflect the rays of the sun that is leaving for the evening.
In honor of Expo2015, the salt marshes of Marsala were declared the most beautiful landscape in Italy. The uniqueness of its nature, therefore, makes this territory a fundamental stop for those interested in the primordial beauty of Sicily.