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Archeology in Catania area

Adrano, Mendolito and the Saraceni bridge

In the western part of the province is the Greek city of Adrano dating from the 5th century BC. It was one of the most important in Sicily. Today it’s ruins are sadly encased in cement. What...

Archeological Catania

Archeological Catania     Catania is one of the oldest and richest archeologic cities of Sicily. The problem is that lava has practically submerged a good many of its ancient monuments....

Caratabia caves

Caratabia caves There are two rock-cut grottoes in which one can see magnificent graffiti. The grotto on the left consists of two rooms. In the first, the bigger one (7.50 m x 4.2 m), there are...

Cassataro cave

Cassataro cave n the Picone area, behind the river Simeto, is the grotto (covered) where there are a few carvings made by prehistoric Sicilians (5000 BC?). They are pictures in red ochre, among...

Centuripe

Centuripe How things change! Centuripe, today resting on a knoll, almost forgotten by the frenzy of modern society, was at one time one of the most important Sicilian cities, certainly in the...

Cocola Poira - Pietralunga - Castellaccio

Poggio Cocola-Poira / Roman bridge of Pietralunga / Monte Castellaccio This area west of Paternò, behind the river Simeto, is what we will talk about now. The river, infact, has always been an...

Coste di Santa Febronia / Palikè

Slopes of Santa Febronia and Palikè We are in the area of Palagonia, where the oranges are a very serious thing, like the Tarocchi of Sicily, bloody red. These sites both deserve their own...

Enviroments of Caltagirone

Enviroments of Caltagirone The area of Caltagirone is truly very rich in archeology, having had a human presence dating back thousands of years ago. The Mountain is located north of Caltagirone...

Etna (Parco regionale)

La regina di Sicilia che con i suoi 3330 m rappresenta il vulcano più alto d’Europa. Regina perché per i siciliani l’Etna è donna: la “montagna (amuntagna, in siciliano) Etna” e non il...

Greek Theatre of Taormina

Greek Theatre of Taormina     Behind the city walls of Taormina is what many consider to be the most beautiful Greek Theater in the world.  With the unparalleled views of the...

Leontinoi

City of the most sublime Siceliot antiquity (8th century BC) that was, according to legend, also inhabited by Cyclops, Lestrigoni and Lotofagi (Lotus Eaters giants, more of less). Its story is...

Licodia Eubea

The outskirts of Licodia Eubea This area is rich in archeological evidence, it was one of the bastions of Sicily at one time. Probably the most interesting complex is the Grotte di Marineo, that...

Mongialino valley / Piano Casazze

Mongialino valley / Piano Casazze Immersed in the fields of wheat on the plain of Catania is a valley, silent and almost surreal. In the valley, one arrives after having crossed many ports of...

Montagna of Ramacca

Montagna of Ramacca A place of much archeological interest, is the Montagna di Ramacca. It faces the Plain of Catania and at one time was full of people near the rivers and on the various...

Monte Catalfaro

Monte Catalfaro The “rock mouse” (Monte Catalfaro in Arabic) is a beautiful rocky plateau with the plain of Catania below. Full of orange groves now, the plain were once crossed by a lush...

Monte Judica - Monte Turcisi

Monte Iudica – Monte Turcisi In the area of the town of Castel di Iudica, is this monte that reaches almost 800 m high and which, beyond being a beautiful part of the countryside, has...

Naxos

Naxos       Naxos is the first place where the Greeks landed, we think around 734 BC, and they  arrived there “pushed by the winds,” according to Ephorus. Its founder...

Ossena river

A beautiful place made magnificent by waterfalls and canyons that meet in the rich vegetation and are active all year around, even during periods of severe drought. The recommended route (which runs...

Roman Baths of Santa Venera

Roman Baths of Santa Venera At these beautiful Roman baths it is easy to reconstruct the path to wellness made by these ancient Sicilian in the first century AD. Characteristic vaulted ceilings are...

San Gregorio caves

      Eight lava caves, almost in the center of town, itself in a lava field.  In length they reach about 1.5 kilometers. Today inhabited by bats, in the past the housed people...