08 March 2009 - The Reserve Oriented Saline of Trapani and Paceco & the city of Trapani
Motorcycles used: 2 BMW 1200 GS-1000-Honda Varadero Bmw GS Adventure 1200 Yamaha-FZ6 - Bmw K 1200 RS Supertenerè-Yamaha-Suzuki V-Stromm 650-Bmw R1200 C
Milestones: Palermo-Montelepre-Partinico-Alcamo-Nubia-Trapani-Castellammare del Golfo-Palermo
Nations visited: Italy
Regions visited: Sicily
Km covered: 250
Duration: one day
After the bad weather of recent days and heavy rain in the night, wake up with a beautiful sunny day, a clear sky and mild temperature really is a nice feeling. Received the last call of "undecided" convinced the beautiful day at 09:00 we are all the Baby Moon and after a good cup of coffee we depart in the direction of Trapani from SP 1 towards Montelepre. Just left the city, the landscape changes all around the green and down a beautiful view of Palermo and its surroundings. Sometimes the road is still wet from the rain falling in the night and we must be careful on the curves. Partinico move quickly on its way through the SS113 in the city of Alcamo, where we stop just below the majestic castle of the Counts of Modica for a short break. Leave to enter on and take the last 50 km that separate us from our first goal, the Reserve Oriented Saline of Trapani and Paceco. The transfer is fast and in short we are already at the gates of the city where there is waiting for his friend Richard and a greeting to accompany us in the hamlet of Nubia, in the midst of the Reserve where you will find the Museum of Salt. Motorcycles parked just below the old mill, whose structure dates back to 1400. In this wonderful oasis has come to create an ecosystem characterized by a particular flora and fauna very rich, with numerous species of migratory birds, including the beautiful pink flamingo. Paid two euro tickets come from accompagnai guide shows us a little 'history of the mill, the collection of salt and the various techniques of processing, in a very suggestive. The guide tells us that just last week based at the huge collection of tanks group of pink flamingos. When this interesting and enjoyable visit, given that the structure hosting the "Trattoria del Sale" 0923867142 Cell Phone 3383915967 (www.trattoriadelsale.com
) make arrangements with the owner for a table and take advantage for the hour available for a walk in the reserve, between huge piles of salt, flour mills and tanks for the collection. Just an old sea tower of Norman times very striking. After many photos, we return for lunch, where for the occasion of celebration of women, we have a tasty menu based on fish, including the busiate with fresh swordfish, shrimp and squid to lick his whiskers! Everything, including water, wine and dessert at 20 euro! The day is too good to be sitting so long at the table. We leave the restaurant to head towards Trapani where we stop in the seventeenth-century Tower of Vigny. From here a wonderful view over the city, the majestic Castle of Colombaia and a blue sea to be left breathless. Return the bikes and we move in the city center just behind the cathedral, from where will start our tour of the historic center. Numerous palaces and churches of great historical interest. We are so lucky at the Church of St. Augustine built in'300 in the prospectus which stands out a precious rose window, and beside the beautiful Fountain of Saturn, from 06 to 20 March you can see in the exhibition "Miysterium Cross Trapanese in art from fourteenth to the seventeenth century. "an extraordinary work of art of immense historical and artistic value," The Crucified rediscovered "by Michelangelo, whose perfection and harmony of the forms will leave you speechless. After visiting, we go to the Church of Purgatorio del'600 in which are kept sacred Groups dei Misteri di Trapani characterizing the procession on Good Friday. After a brief stop on a beach near the ancient gateways of the city to breathe again the fragrance of the sea "on the motion to return to return home. On the way back, a brief stop in Castellammare del Golfo, where we make out a huge "Cassatella with ricotta" and a good cappuccino! To the next.
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