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2019 AUGUST 26 to 28, ITALY, SICILY, TRAPANI

First time Sicily! Day 66 to Day 68

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MONDAY 26TH AUGUST 2019 (DAY 66)

We woke at about 9am, after not getting to sleep until almost 2am. Breakfast is included in our room rate and we explored the kitchen for what was on offer. Mainly sweet cakey things, but we did find bread which Lyn managed to toast in a sandwich press and that is what we had with coffee and tea. So it seems Italians go more for the sweet things at breakfast, rather than the savory goodies we were offered in Germany. Not to mind, I'm sure we will be able to find enough to get ourselves fed from what is on offer.

Lyn put in a load of washing and we had to wait around for that to finish before we could head out and start exploring.

We have the car for just 3 days so we are going to take advantage of driving to places a little out of town. We can explore closer by foot or the bus.

Neither of us have ever been to Sicily, so everything is new and unseen. So really it doesn't matter where we go.

SALINA CALCARA.
The salt-pans complex came into operation in 1593, but it was built in 1504 by Antonio de Alfonso, a Portuguese man who owned the area at the time. It was in operation until 1955, but after a flood, the traditional activity was suspended and only extensive aquaculture operations have been carried out. When Salina Calcara was bought by the Pollina-Palermo family – in 1998 – the already existing building underwent works of renovation and the salt-pans complex was reactivated making the salt production possible once again starting from the 2008. Salina Calcara has an extension of 40 hectares and is composed, since its original plant, from a small Salina, called Stella (whose meaning is “Star”) and a large Salina, for a total of 33 tanks. Only 23 tanks are currently in operation.

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SALT MUSEUM.
Relais Antiche Saline SALINA MARIA STELLA

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MARAUSA - our first swim in the sea off Sicily and the water was warm and crystal clear.
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We drove on to MARSALA and had a walk around the centre, but everything was closed. Seems all the shops close from 1pm to 5pm. This place is worse than Spain for an afternoon siesta. We sat in the cathedral for a few minutes to cool off and heard the pipe organ being played.

MARSALA.
The town is famous for the docking of Giuseppe Garibaldi on 11 May 1860 (the Expedition of the Thousand) and for its Marsala wine. A feature of the area is the Stagnone Lagoon Natural Reserve — a marine area with salt ponds. Marsala is built on the ruins of the ancient Carthaginian city of Lilybaeum, and includes in its territory the archaeological site of the island of Motya, an ancient Phoenician town. The modern name likely derived from the Arabic مَرْسَى عَلِيّ (marsā ʿaliyy, “Ali's harbor”), or possibly مَرْسَى اللّٰه (marsā llāh, “God's harbor”).

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Time for another swim, so we stopped at LIDO PAKEKA for a dip.
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We then start to drive back to Tripani. Stopped at Lidl supermarket for some supplies for the next few days.
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Stopped at roadside Saline Maria Stella salt piles for photos (and a handful of salt).
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We made it back in time just to see the end of the sunset at the end of our street.
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TUESDAY 27TH AUGUST 2019 (DAY 67)

Today we did a big drive around the Trapani region. So lots of scenery shots today, which were taken from the car.
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Lots of lovely little beaches where we did not stop as they were so crowded and parking was at a premium and for a fee.
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We had a walk around CASTELLAMMARE del GOLFO,
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and stopped in SAN VITO LO CAPO where the water was green with algae and uninviting. We had an ice cream instead.
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MARBLE MINES.
In the province of Trapani, on Sicily's western coast, beautiful rock formations grace the shoreline. They also contain the island's best-known stone export -- Perlato di Sicilia marble. Although Perlato di Sicilia is the general term by which it is internationally known,
there are actually many different classifications and varieties of this marble. It is quite similar to the broad reference to White Carrara marble, which also has many classifications within the general category.
The color is essentially beige, and the variation among classifications depends on the amount and pattern of the veining. The Perlatino varieties have a tighter, more compact pattern on the surface than Perlato. Additionally, the quarries yield some colored varieties, including tones of red and green.
Most of the marble quarries are actually in the town of Custonaci, within the Trapani Province but just outside the city center. Custonaci has a population of 5,000 people, the bulk of which work in the quarries or stoneworking operations. In all, the region boasts 130 active quarries and 3,500 people working in the industry.
Although the marble of Trapani has been quarried on an industrial scale for around 90 years, it has been used for centuries. Today, Custonaci/Trapani is responsible for 85% of Sicily's stone production and approximately 12% of Italy's production.

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Ended up having a swim at ABSOLUTE BEACH just 3 km from home, where the water was again crystal clear.
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Made it for sunset today!
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WEDNESDAY 28TH AUGUST 2019 (DAY 68)

Just a short drive today, before we handed the hire car back.
We went to a local village, Paceco, which was nothing more than a church and an ice cream shop - what more could you want?
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Although it was overcast and cloudy it was still hot enough for a swim so we drove to Lido S.Teodoro. Here we were able to walk through the shallow waters to an island. The water was warm and clear.
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We had to walk back to our accomodation after dropping off the hire car which was a couple of km's out of town.
We missed the sunset today!

Posted by Cindy Bruin 15:00 Archived in Italy Tagged museum salt marsala tripani

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