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Salina dei Monaci Nature Reserve

Salina dei Monaci, SP122, Torre Colimena, TA, Italia

Salina dei Monaci Nature Reserve

Salina dei Monaci, SP122, Torre Colimena, TA, Italia


The Salina dei Monaci Nature Reserve, to the west of Torre Colimena, was originally a hollow, hidden behind coastal dunes and connected to the sea by a channel.

Used for harvesting marine salt from 1731, at least, the area was the target of anti-malarial clearing (1940-1950) while the environment suffered damage with the building of the Ionian Salentine coast (1960-1970).

Today the road has been moved north of the area and the old coastal path converted into a wooden walkway. In the northern part of the salt works are the remains of the ancient Torre delle Saline which guarded the warehouse of salt, a precious white gold.

The Benedictine monks who harvested the salt gave the place its name. All that is left of their monastery today is a frescoed chapel known as Madonna del Carmelo.

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Unmade road, Trail, Accessible with off-road vehicles
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Cineporti di Puglia/Bari — c/o Fiera del Levante - Lungomare Starita 1 — 70132 Bari
Phone: +39 080 9752900
Fax: +39 080 9147464
Email: email@apuliafilmcommission.it

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