Conti Vecchi Saltworks

Conti Vecchi Saltworks

This element belongs to the categories: Naturalistic areas of great interest, Wetlands and ponds

Opening hours:

Conti Vecchi Saltworks can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday)
The tour lasts two hours and includes a free tour into the historical buildings (approximately 1 hour), and a guided tour by train (1 hour).
Reservation recommended.

Opening times:
Conti Vecchi Saltworks can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday)
From March 1 to May 31 and from September 1 to October 31
open from 10 am to 6 pm
Tour by train at 10.30 am; 12.30 pm; 2.30 pm; 4.30 pm;
From June 1 to August 31
open from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm and from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Tour by train at 10am; 12pm; 6pm; 7pm
From November 1 to January 6
open from 10 am to 5 pm
Tour by train at 10.30 am; 12.30 pm; 3.30 pm


Adults 8 euros
Free entrance for children up to 4
Kids (4-14 years old) 3 euros
Students (up to 26) 5 euros
Families: 20 euros (two adults and 4 children up to 14)
Free admission for FAI members, members of National Trust, employees of "Syndial" and "Ing. Luigi Conti Vecchi S.p.a." and Bienfaiteurs Amis du Louvre Members.
Free for residents of Assemini, from Tuesday to Friday.

Provided services:

  • Toilet
  • Car park
An industrial archeology site, partially restored as in the 1930s in a natural oasis where flamingos and sea hawks live.
Conti Vecchi Saltworks

The Saltworks are part of the Ramsar site of the Pond of Cagliari. They strech on a surface of 2700 hectars belonging to the towns of Assemini, Elmas, Capoterra and Cagliari, representing one of the most important and extended wet lands in Europe, with a high level of biodiversity. The area is also the perfect natural habitat for several bird species: in winter, more than 36.000 specimens live in the Saltworks. They belong to 50 different species, but the greater part of them are pink flamingoes.


In 1931, the engineer Luigi Conti Vecchi started here a business project with an innovative spirit of economical and environmental sustainability: reclaiming the marsh Pond of Santa Gilla and creating a Saltwork, to turn this underused land into a productive area. Nowadays, the Saltworks are still exploited: they produce salt both for chemical productions and for alimentary purpose, and are included in a larger industrial area owned by Syndial, a society belonging to Eni group which deals with environmental rehabilitation.

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