The program of the day includes an excursion to the the Pantalica & Anapo Oriented Nature Reserve.
One more enchanted valley, the one where the Anapo river flows. The river, already well known by the Sicels populations and celebrated by Greek poets, is home to rare species as the Oriental plane tree, the Freshwater crab and the Mediterranean trout. The traditional itinerary follows the old railway, now a popular route for hikers. Following the trail it is possible to cross the whole valley from the town of Sortino to the one of Ferla and the other way round. Moreover, it is not to forget Pantalica, a prehistoric site included in the Unesco world heritage list, that with its 5000 tombs looks at the river from above.
What included: Transfer service, professional naturalistic guide.
Informations and suggestions
It is important to be equipped with hiking shoes or at least good sport shoes, a rucksack, a change of clothes, swimsuit, towel, sandals.
Pantalica & Anapo Oriented Nature Reserve
Pantalica or more specifically the Pantalica Cave Necropolis, is a naturalistic and archeological site in the Siracusa province. The name of this site seems to come from the Arabic Buntarigah, which means “caves”, certainly because of the many natural and artificial caves. This is one of the most important Sicilian protohistoric sites, essential to understand the moment of transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age in the island. In 2005 the site has been declared Heritage by UNESCO, together with the city of Siracusa, for its high historical, archaeological, scenic and speleological profile. The various possible trails and itineraries in Pantalica allow to all kind of excursionists to visit the site.
Anapo from the Greek invisible, originates in the territory of Palazzolo Acreide from the sources of Guffari on Monte Lauro (990 meters above sea level) due to the confluence of numerous sources, mostly of “contact” and of reduced flow. After about 40 km, through the gorges of Pantalica and the whole suggestive valley that takes its name from the river, it descends towards Syracuse through the now drained Pantano Grande, and pours into the waters of the Porto Grande of Syracuse alongside the Ciane, the small and short river which is known all over the world for the papyrus that grows spontaneously along the banks.