The Natural Reserve on the Sicilian coast from Trapani to Marsala is set aside for multiple uses, from collecting sea salt to preserving wildlife. The salt pans are still used to harvest sea salt, using the same methods that have been used for centuries, which include the use of some historic windmills. There is also a museum, set in a former salt mill, that is dedicated to the salt harvesting history in the area.
As a haven for wildlife, the Trapani and Paceco Salt Pans Natural Reserve has been under the direction of WWF Italy since 1995, and visitors can often see more than 150 species of birds here. Among them, look for flamingoes, cranes, storks and osprey.
The Salt Museum (Museo del Sale) is near Torre Nubia in a 300-year-old salt mill. The museum is open daily from 9:30am-7pm.