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Nature in Eastern Sicily

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Nature in Eastern Sicily

Aeolian islands

Aeolian islands     Le isole Eolie (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Stromboli, Panarea, Alicudi e Filicudi), arcipelago patrimonio Unesco nella parte settentrionale della Sicilia, sono 7...

Alcantara gorges and river

The name of this river means “the bridge” (al qantarah, in Arabic) and it divides the province of Catania from that of Messina. The Alcantara, where in the past the Arabs tried to breed crocodiles...

Ancient Noto

Noto One of the masterpieces of Sicilian naturalistic-archeology where both countryside and the works of man triumph. Ancient Noto is referred to thusly to distinguish it from the newer town of...

Argimusco and Malabotta forest

Situato tra i monti Peloritani ed i monti Nebrodi, il bosco di Malabotta (700 – 1300 m slm) è un’area di eccezionale valore naturalistico, il bosco per eccellenza, anche se andrebbe...

Biviere di Gela lake

Biviere di Gela is the largest coastal lake in Sicily, and one of the main “rest areas” of migratory birds. From a well equipped visitor center branches several nature trails. One in particular...

Bosco della Favara e della Granza

Un vero è proprio paradiso terrestre dove crescono indisturbate querce, roverelle e lecci e, soprattutto, suggestive sugherete secolari tra le quali quelle di Bosco Granza. Le aree più esterne della...

Calagna valley

The Calagna valley is just few steps away from the little town of Tortorici, at 700 m. a.s.l. Full immersed inside the Nebrodi mountains,the valley is renowned beacuse of the Petagna saniculaefolia,a...

Capo Passero of Portopalo island

To the extreme south of Sicily we find this island, some 1300 meters long, 500 meters wide and about 37 acres in all. On its western part, the one closet to the coast, the combined action of the tides...

Capodarso

Capodarso   Five kilometers to the east of Sabucina, there is Mount Capodarso that offers the possibility to admire other interesting relics from a prehistoric settlement that, perhaps, was...

Casasia mountain

Archeological mountain, at 730 meters above sea level, a center of the ancient Siculi people dating to (X a.C. ?) that today appears well covered by reforestation. On the slpoes of the mountain you...

Cavagrande del Cassibile valley

The “terrestrial paradise”, as this place is often labled, is no more than a deep canyon crossed by the River Cassibile and in its 3000 acres, the river combines all colors. But they are green...

Ciane river

This is a natural reserve with not only great historical importance (having been the navigable river in the time of the Greeks) but that has within it a lush papyrus vegetation. (in the PHOTO, the...

Contrada Scaleri (natural reserve)

In the hinterland of Sicily we can find this Natural reserve characterized by the presence of the Karren (picture) a sort of limestone pavements created by the superficial erosion of the evaporitic...

Ddieri di Baulì

Ddieri di Baulì Ddieri, from the Arab Al diar (house) are dwellings carved in rock, often in inaccessible places. They are characteristic of this Hyblean area and they are found in the walls of...

Dirillo (river and lake)

River of historic importance as it served as a way of communication between the coast and the hinterland, the ancient inhabitants of Sicily. Starting from the meeting of the Amerillo and the Vizzini...

Dorsale Peloritana Antennamare-Portella Mandrazzi

E’ una bellissima esperienza naturalistica, che trafigge i Peloritani dal Santuario di Antennamare sino a Portella Mandrazzi, nei pressi di Rocca di Novara di Sicilia. Settanta chilometri su strada...

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...

Fiumefreddo river

  At one time, and from a very wide river bed, this river was born of the source called Quadare (a small distance from the coast) that is, Caldare, which bubbles up from the...

Forest of Rossomanno, Grottacura, Bellia

Forest of Rossomanno, Grottascura, Bellia (Naturalistic Reserve) These natural reserve place in Erei mountains, in the midland of the island between Enna and Piazza Armerina. Oaks, pines and...