Nature Reserve Pantalica
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Natural Reserve of Pantalica

It is the land where the crystal waters of Anapo River flow, one of the longest rivers in Sicily. The valley is born near Mount Lauro and after a path 50 Km long, it flows into the big harbour of Syracuse. The valley has been declared "Natural Oriental Reserve" in 1997 and it includes the municipalities of Buscemi, Palazzolo Acreide, Ferla, Cassaro, Sortino. The big land presents several environments. The most charming is included between Palazzolo, where the river puts in a Canjon, and Sortino, where it receives the waters of Cava Grande torrent, showing rare wonderful sceneries. The natural appeareance, made up by woods which cover the valley, blend with the landscape, rich in rivers and framed by steps walls adorned by about 500 prehistoric graves, making the Necropolis of Pantalica, the major rock settlement all over Europe, dating back XIII century B.C.. The paths in the valley allow to reach easily and to visit the most important sites: Price's Palace (Anaktoron), the Byzantine Village of Cavetta, Filipporto Necropolis, Bat Cave, and so on... To reach Anapo Valley and to visit the Necropolis of Pantalica, you need to go across the highway driving fron junction of Melilli to Sortino, and you have to follow directions.

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