Trapani is a lively and historic port. The Carthaginians in 260 BC, at the beginning of the First Punic War, built its naval port. Soon after that, it was taken by the Romans under whose rules it languished in obscurity until the 9th century AD when, under the Saracens it thrived again.

Trade and commerce prospered under the Normans as well as under the Aragonese in the 15th century, when the great Saline was laid out with the windmills that have become an icon of this part of Sicily’s coast.

Salt production began in the 15th century under Aragonese and today the museum shows how Sicilian’s work with old tools.