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Forest of Rossomanno, Grottacura, Bellia

The sheeps of Apollo, the pupi dancers and a pic-nic area

Forest of Rossomanno, Grottacura, Bellia

The so called pupi-ballerini (photo esplorasicilia.com)
The so called pupi-ballerini (photo esplorasicilia.com)
Overview with Etna volcano on the background (photo esplorasicilia.com)
Overview with Etna volcano on the background (photo esplorasicilia.com)
Path (photo esplorasicilia.com)
Path (photo esplorasicilia.com)

This natural reserve is located in the Erei mountains, the mountains where the god Apollo lived with his sheeps.
This reserve is located between Enna and Piazza Armerina and includes several heights between 600 and 800 m s.l.m., formed by deposits of sandstones and river sands dating back to the upper Pliocene.
Oaks, pines and eucalyptuses are the vegetational pillars of this area.

This nature reserve is characterized by interesting evidence, such as: the ruins of the ancient village of Rossomanno destroyed in 1394; several prehistoric tombs carved into the rock; and above all the so-called "pupi dancers", rocks up to 3 meters high that legend has it that they are petrified men by an elf while they were doing a sabbatical dance; while the scientists claim they were formed by percolation of limestone waters in the sand!
In the undergrowth grow shrubby thyme, hawthorn, common wild rose, butcher's broom and others.
The reserve is home to some mammals such as porcupine, hedgehog, fox, deer, wild boar ... and here live about 42 species of birds including the cuckoo, the owl, the hoopoe ...
The area is equipped with many tables and benches for a pic-nic

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