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):
from 27 May to 16 June: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm (last train leaves at 5.00 pm)
from 17 June to 3 September: from 9.00-12.30 pm / 4.30 pm-8.30 pm (last trains leave at 11.15 am and at 7.00 pm)
from 4 September to 29 October: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm (train schedule: 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm)
from 31 October to 7 January: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm (last train leaves at 4.00 pm)
from 8 January to 28 February: open by reservation only.


Free admission for FAI members, members of National Trust, residents of Assemini and employees of "Syndial" and "Ing. Luigi Conti Vecchi S.p.a.".

Adults: € 7,00
Children (4-14 years): € 3,00
University students up to 26 years: € 5.00

Family Package: € 18.00
Allows entry with reduced rates for family groups composed of 2 adults and up to 4 children (4-14 years old).

Visiting methods: free tour of the museum complex and visit of the site's naturalistic area with a tourist train (duration of about 45 minutes). During the ticket purchase visitors can book the tour by train.

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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