The site is the perfect natural habitat for a number of protected Mediterranean animal and bird species, including the pink flamingo, herons, hawks, ducks and moorhens. The salt planes are home to a colony of approximately ten thousand pink flamingos which feed on artemia salina, a small pink crustacean.
The presence of numerous physical environments in areas of varying salinity has given life to a rich and variegated flora. Vegetation typical of Mediterranean scrub land alternates with fresh water flora, halophile vegetation in high salinity areas as well as psammophilous vegetation across sandy sectors.
The company Ing. Luigi Conti Vecchi (100% owned by Eni Rewind) manages both the salt planes, which cover approximately 2,700 hectares, located in the municipalities of Assemini, Capoterra and Cagliari, as well as the plant where sodium carbonate, hydrochloric acid and hypochlorite is produced.
In 2015 Eni's environmental company signed a promotion agreement with FAI - the Italian
National Trust, enabling the Conti Vecchi salt planes to be opened to the public in
May 2017, for ten months a year, after historic, cultural and environmental recovery
operations. A unique cultural promotion experience, combining industrial activity
with the historic and naturalistic value of an operative site. This best practice
has potential for application in national and international contexts.
How to book a visit to the salt plane
The Conti Vecchi salt planes are open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday, the full tour lasts approximately an hour and forty-five minutes and includes a tourist group visit to the naturalistic area.