The Strange Subterranean Landscape of Sicily’s Salt Mines



Image: Antonino Savojardo

In the volcanic depths of the Mediterranean’s largest island lies a sculpted subterranean world filled with giant machines and strange lights; a place where whiteness meets darkness, and where thousands of tons of a precious yet familiar substance are excavated and shipped away every day.


Image: Antonino Savojardo

The vast, white underground tunnels and chambers almost look as if they were dug out of snow or ice. Huge caverns underneath some Arctic wasteland, perhaps. Frozen water wouldn’t last long in these temperatures, however. Indeed, the hot, dry climate of these vaulted alabaster corridors – which form part of the rock salt mines of Sicily – is anything but Arctic.

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