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The "armèsa" of Cervia salt

The "armèsa" of Cervia salt

Armèsa is the local dialect word used to describe the ancient and fascinating process of salt extraction and transport, from the saltpan to the Magazzini (Warehouses). Cervia was founded in the middle of the saltpans and was built again for the salt's sake, the precious and ancient 'white gold' (Etruscans and Umbrians were already familiar with Cervia salt) because it was used to preserve food. Saltpans (827 hectares) are for Cervia a fundamental element of cultural and gastronomic tradition. They now belong to the Po Delta Park natural oasis. This area helped rescue stilt birds, avocets, herons and, lately, even pink flamingos. The "armèsa" was a very important moment because by this process the salt was placed in a safe place. Therefore it became an occasion to celebrate. This feast has been celebrated for ages and on the verge of the third millennium Cervia Municipality decided to enhance it and give it a new life.

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