Italian Sea Salt
White Gold of the Biggest Salt Pan in Europe
The Margherita di Savoia salt pan in Apulia is the most important and extensive salt pan of sea origin in Italy and Europe.
The salt pan of Margherita di Savoia, whose origins date back to 200 BC, is located on the Adriatic Coast on the extreme fringes of the Daunia, 5 km from Ofanto, 12 km from the city of Barletta to the south and 40 km from the Gargano to the north. It extends over a strip of land about 20 km long, stretching inland for maximum of 5 km and occupying a total area of about 4,500 hectares called the Wetland.
It was redesigned by the great architect Luigi Vanvitelli in 1754 and still represents an impressive piece of engineering work. In the twentieth century there was a progressive industrialisation of the salt pan: even in the 1930s a futuristic salt warehouse was designed by the architect Pier Luigi Nervi, built without supporting columns.
The salt pan, recognised as wetlands of international importance by Ramsar Convention, is the largest “Nature Reserve for Animal Population” in south-central Italy, where between 20,000 and 50,000 species of fish and birds coexist.
Near the salt basins, along the provincial road to the north, and going north on the coast, there is the famous Pietra Tower, a watchtower built at the behest of the Anjou during the sixteenth century. Near the ancient Tower, an observatory for birdwatching was built by LIPU, located within the characteristic Salinieri Village, with a centre that houses an infopoint for visitors.
A magical habitat, a natural and unpolluted reserve, inhabited by many species of birds and plants.
Cuor di Mare products, coming from local sources, are packaged a few steps from the place where they are grown and harvested. In full compliance with environmental regulations and the commitments made to reduce the impact of polluting emissions and above all, to the protection of biodiversity.
In synergy with local authorities and the management of protected areas, Cuor di Mare works with the aim of enhancing the largest salt pan in Europe and its wealth.