approx. 42 kmElevation Gain:
100% flat (90% asphalt–10% off-road)Bike Activity Level: read more>
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Luggage Transfer: by private vehicle
Breakfast at hotel.
Today we enjoy a very relaxed bike experience from Trapani to Marsala Salt Way Road
, skirting the lagoon to see the snow-capped mountains but hills of salt, one of the Sicilian economy's historical resources that was already very precious in the days of the Phoenicians, who were the first to bring some form of technology to its production. The favourable climatic circumstances, such as high temperatures and a wind that increases evaporation, plus the shallowness of the water, contribute to create the evocative and unreal scenario created by the salt flats, which form a sort of immense chessboard that ranges in colour from off-green to pink. The tourist paths for visits to the salt flats wind their way around the great basins and, running along the edges of the tanks of seawater - which glistens in the sun as it crystallizes - finally reach the mounds of salt. These mounds are topped by a series of recently restored windmills that recall the days when they were among the main instruments for pumping the water and grinding the salt. A panorama that has to be enjoyed, preferably at sunset, when everything becomes tinged with red.
We then arrive at the salt pans Saline Ettore Infersa
(Admission fee: non included
) which offer a truly unique landscape. Windmills, first introduced during mediaeval times, dot the horizon, a testament to how things were once done, though one or two continue to function, pumping water through the sluice gates into or out of the various basins. Piles of harvested salt, neatly covered with terracotta tiles, lie between the road and the basins waiting to be despatched.
In the early afternoon we join a Marsala winery to visit to the cellars, wine tastings and snack.
Then, time at leisure to explore Marsala
to see where the famous Landing of Thousand
did take seat with legendary arrival of Giuseppe Garibaldi
in Sicily, one of the most iconic episodes in Italian history, which represented the beginning of a path that would later lead to the unification of Italy. From that moment, Marsala is for everyone the city of the Landing, among other things, still remembering that episode of the Expedition of the Thousand
, able to tell the importance of the heroic deed made by Garibaldi and his Thousand.
Tonight dinner in a local trattoria to enjoy local dishes and the famous Busiate, a type of long macaroni
, originally from this area of Sicily. They take their name from busa, the Sicilian word for the stem of Ampelodesmos mauritanicus, a local grass, which is used in preparing them and giving them their helical shape. The focus of our dinner is with Busiate with Trapani Pesto
, a delicious Sicilian pasta dish made with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, pinoli and extra-virgin olive oil. The province of Trapani, and Marsala as well, is famous for this delicious pasta recipe.