Here we are just a stone’s throw from Morgantina, the site from which the stupendous Venus of Morgantina comes (which was probably Demeter, in fact).
The location of the kidnapping, according to the legend, is in the north-west section of Lake Pergusa on Cozzo Matrice (855 meters above sea level).
Here there is an easy climb in which one can see the cave where the kidnapping took place (to be exact, there are two caves at the top, the legendary one is the first one you come to, the one on the north-west, facing the ravine. On the right, a little further on, is the other).
Cozzo Matrice is a beautiful place that situates you in the exact middle of Sicily, and rewards you with bucolic perfection.
Goats graze and shepherds roam the borders; from the top you can twirl around with open arms and see the entire valley spread breathlessly before you through fields of wheat, horizons of hills, a crystal clear blue sky, and both wild and farmed vegetation.
One breathes the air of mystery and sees the power of nature.
The water of Lake Pergusa below is like glass, a perfect watercolor painting by God. And the ruins of an ancient settlement complete the scene.
Everything speaks to a distant past: a room for rituals carved in stone, ruins of a workshop of the Copper Age, holes in the rock for the insertion of poles for huts, and traces of a few hearths.
In the south-west part of Cozzo, one can see rocky caves, probably prehistoric settlements and a beautiful necropolis. Right at the top is, what was perhaps, the ruins of the most important sanctuary.
Who knows how much worship there was in these parts for the goddess of the Sicilian godesses: Demeter.