Sicily Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Salt Pans

Gourmet Experience
Discover the fascinating traditions of extra virgin olive oil in Sicily.
A wonderful experience among olive groves and fruit orchards to discover an authentic Sicily.


The Program is:

Departure from TRapani area by car with an English speaking driver to Castelvetrano, a Sicilian town well known for its great extra virgin olive oil production. You will arrive at the "Antica Tenuta Becchina" to visit the oil mill.

The Antica Tenuta is located in the heart of the Valle del Belice and behind its high walls, which once enclosed the hunting grounds of the Spanish Princes of the Pignatelli Aragona Cortes family, there are 70 acres of orchard – about three thousand trees – nestled among the hills. You will visit the workshop and taste the "Becchina Green Oil", an authentic extra virgin olive oil, made with rigorous production methods that ensure the freshest, highest quality olive oil. You will then enjoy lunch in the garden.

On the way back to Palermo a special tour is planned along the coast from Trapani and Marsala.
This coastline is characterized by the salt-pans. These are large salt water pools divided by narrow strips of land where, for centuries, salt has been produced.
This route is called "la via del sale" (the Salt Road), remarkable for its many Dutch-style windmills, used to pump sea water and grind the salt. The many mounds of salt (piled up salt creating little white hills) are then covered with terracotta tiles to prevent the rain from melting them. The salt-pans were probably established by the Phoenicians who set these basins to collect the salt.
Today, this thousand-year-old salt culture is still in use.

Finally, you will return to Trapani.
 
Prices per person (English speaking driver, extra virgin olive oil tasting and lunch): Supplementary for cooking class (per person):
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