Guided tours of the Salina Camillone are free.
This is the last of the 144 small saltpans existing before salt production was turned into industrial in 1959. At that time, all small saltpans were unified to form big collection and evaporation basins. Nowadays, “Camillone” Saltpan is the only small saltpan left and an integral part of the salt museum. Salt is still extracted but for demonstration only, that is to make visitors understand the salt workers’ hard work. The site seasonal production can range in between 500 and 2,000 hundredweights.
During the whole summer season, June to September, guided tours are offered by the Cultural Association “Civiltà Salinara” on Thursdays and Sundays at 5 pm. Visitors are shown the different salt collection phases. Today as in the past, the whole saltpan production is still handcrafted, using wooden tools and ancient methods. During visits, salt workers show visitors their work and also explain them why Cervia’s salt is known as being “sweet”. As a matter of fact, it does not contain any bitter salts which, thanks to the local climate and to the daily salt collection, do not have a chance to deposit.
In 2004, salt extracted at “Camillone” Saltpan was made a Slow Food product.
The salt-workers accompany visitors to the ancient artisan saline by appointment; explaining and showing the various saline work phases that lead to the production of “sweet” Cervia salt. Appointment at 16.30 at the parking lot at the Saltworks Visitor Center in Via Bova 61. A saltworks will accompany the participants up to the Camillone salt pan. Maximum punctuality is recommended.
It is possible for groups to visit the salt pan at other times by arrangement with the members of the cultural group
Salinara Civilization at tel. 338 9507741.
On request of groups of at least 15 people it is possible to organize guided tours in English, French and German.
For information and reservations, please contact IAT Cervia:
0544 974400, [email protected]
from June 14th to September 13th
Thursday and Sunday
5.00pm, meeting at 4.30pm
ACCESSORIES FOR HANDICAPERS
Partially accessible to disabled people
See also: Salinaro for a day
Photo: Daniele Zarri