The salt pans of Nubia, near Trapani along Sicily’s west coast are renowned by cooks throughout the world for the delicious sea salt Sicilians have harvested from here for centuries. The tuna fishing industry, which has existed here since Phoenician times (c. 800 BCE), prompted the development of the salt pans because salt is an…
Meanwhile on Allison’s Secret Sicily tour earlier this month… during our visit to Trapani’s Salt Museum and the region’s salt pans, we learned how arduous collecting salt is and about the many ups and downs of the economics of the industry over the centuries. It is a fascinating history and a beautiful site to see….
Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua!
Spring moon (from 2015) over the salt flats of Nubia, Trapani
On first glance, you might think that my mom, Claire, is standing in front of a pile of snow; however, on second look, she’s standing in front of a pile of salt! Yes, that’s right, this is harvested sea salt in Nubia, Trapani on the side of one of the salt pans. The Phoenicians were…
The salt flats of Trapani and Marsala (This one pictured is in Nubia.) can trace their origins back to the Phoenicians who colonized and developed the area starting around 700 B.C. The Phoenicians, who soon after became known as Carthaginians because of their establishment of Carthage (i.e. modern-day Tunisia), were master mariners, fisherman, and traders….
Salt, right from the source, at Nubia’s salt flat in Trapani.