Just got back from a fabulous week at Marsala, Sicily. What a great time we had! After our kite surfing classes at the Stagnone, we visited beautiful places and saw breathtaking sunsets at the salt ponds. Don’t know what happened to me. Non so cosa mi sia successo. I’m usually not much into romantic sceneries, but guys, I had to go back and watch the sunset almost every evening. That’s how gorgeous it was! Plus, I learned about the way they extract salt from the sea. Can you believe salt is actually cultured for months in ponds and harvested at the end of a long process that goes from April to July of each year? Every pond is connected to the others and the water is moved to the next pond when the salt concentration changes. This gives each pond a different, incredible color that goes from white to pink, until all water evaporates and salt is collected in small cones and then in big white mountains that typically sit next to the Saline.
If you have a To-do list, you should definitely add “aperitivo at Mamma Caura”; picture yourself nicely dressed and tanned, comfortably sit by the salt ponds, listening to music and sipping a drink while waiting for the sunset….Non male, non vi pare? Not bad, don’t you think?
Since il sale, salt, was the key argument in this post, I’ll share with you some interesting expressions: avere poco sale in zucca (literally: to have little salt in the pumpkin) means to be stupid; rimanere di sale (which refers to people legendary turned into salt statues) means to be astonished; color sale e pepe (salt and pepper) means grey and is usually referred to hair color. And that’s your PILLOLA D’ITALIANO for the week!