"A city of ancient foundation and situated on the sea, which surrounds it on all sides and home to abundant and superior sources of fish such as the enormous tuna and the precious coral: directly in front of the gate of the city one finds a saltpan".
Thus the city of Trapani was described by the Arabic explorer, Edrisi, in 1124.
The city of Trapani: a city between two seas, a city of coral, a city od saltpans. It is said that Trapani, formerly known as Drepanon, arose on the sickle that Ceres, Goddess of the Harvest, dropped while wandering in search of her abducted daughter, Persephone. It formed a strip of land that extends into the sea, almost dividing the Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean seas.
Where the land merges into the sea is found the WWF-protected Reserve, the Saline di Trapani and Paceco. Here one finds an ecosystem characterized by rich and unusual flora and fauna with a great variety of migratory birds such as the splendid pink flamingo.