The oil Valle del Belice, extra virgin olive oil is a denomination of protected origin.
The Belice valley is an area of the province of Trapani represented by the municipalities of Castelvetrano (the more common), Campobello di Mazara, Gibellina, Santa Ninfa, Partanna and other minors. This area is united by the prevalence, especially in the municipalities of Castelvetrano and Campobello, the Nocellara del Belice, a cultivar dual purpose, that is capable of producing both table olives and for olio.Si is an extra virgin olive oil produced by at least 70% from olives of the variety called Nocellara Belice. The oil has a maximum acidity of 0.50% and a density of average value. Its color is green with yellow gold and has a scent of olive just shattered with hints of grass. Its flavor is fruity, just slightly bitter and spicy with a hint of almond, artichoke and green tomato. The production of Valle del Belice happens in the area of Valle del Belice obtained from the milling of the olives produced in the groves that fall in the municipalities of the province of Trapani: Gibellina, Poggioreale, Partanna, Castelvetrano, Campobello di Mazara, Salemi, Salaparuta and Santa Ninfa. He gained national recognition with DM September 29, 1998 published in the Official Gazette no. 250 of 26 October 1998 and the European registration with the EC Regulation. 2325/97 gazetted European L322 / 97 of 2 July 1997.
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE CAMMARATA, LOCALITA' SAN GIOVANNI GEMINI, SAN GIOVANNI GEMINI AG, IT - SICILIA
38 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Alia, Burgio, Montemaggiore Belsito
The picnic area Savochello-Monte Cammarata is located in a beautiful pine forest with a recreational area for children, which can accommodate up to 300 visitors. To get there, follow the road that leads from Santo Stefano di Quisquina Cammarata. Once at the forest domain called Ledera, marked by specific signs, we must take the only road that leads to the top of the mountain. The area is also equipped with toilets, cooking areas, bike paths and nature trails.
RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTI DI PALAZZO ADRIANO E VALLE DEL SOSIO
RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTI DI PALAZZO ADRIANO E VALLE DEL SOSIO Apri
Loc. BURGIO - SICILIA
16 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Contessa Entellina, Ribera, Cammarata
Here reside the oldest fossils and precious of Sicily, and have built up stratified since the Permian and that go to make up the limestone cliffs. These foraminifera, sponges, bryozoans, brachiopods, ammonites, trilobites and ostracods, all marine animals lived in one arm of the archaic Tethys Ocean, the ancestor of the Mediterranean current, which is wedged in the continent of Pangaea before it was fragmented into the current continents .
Loc. AREA ARCHEOLOGICA SEGESTA, CONTRADA BARBARO S.P. 68, CATALFIMI SEGESTA TP, ITALIA - SICILIA
40 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Castellammare del Golfo, Alcamo, San Vito lo capo
It was called Segesta ancient city, no longer inhabited, founded by the Elimi and located in the northwestern part of Sicily. The old city is located on Mount Barbaro, in the municipality of Calatafimi Segesta, about ten kilometers from Alcamo and Castellammare del Golfo. Of particular beauty are the temple in Doric style, and the theater, partly carved into the rock of the hill. The date of foundation is not known, but documents show that the city was inhabited in the fourth century BC The greek historian Thucydides tells us that the Trojan refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea, they came up in Sicily, and founded Segesta, call Aegesta, and Erice. These refugees took the name of Elimi. According to the myth, Segesta was founded by Aceste (who was the first king), son of the noble Trojan Egesta and the river god Crimiso. Virgil brings the legend that Segesta was founded by Aeneas to rest the old men and women, after they had set fire to the ship shortly before resuming the journey. It was in 104 B.C. Segesta which began the slave revolts in Sicily, the so-called servile wars, led by Atenione. These revolts were bloodily suppressed by the Romans in 99 aCSegesta was destroyed by the Vandals in the fifth century, and never rebuilt in the size of the previous period. Nevertheless, there remained a small settlement, and after the expulsion of the Arabs, the Normans built a castle there. This expanded in the Swabian period, was the center of a medieval village. He then almost lost its name until 1574, when the Dominican historian Thomas Fazello, creator of the identification of several ancient cities of Sicily, he located the site.
RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA FOCE DEL FIUME PLATANI Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA FOCE DEL FIUME PLATANI, ITALY - SICILIA
35 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area , Ribera, Siculiana
The Mouth of the River Nature Reserve Platani is a protected natural area of Sicily established July 4, 1984 by the Sicilian Region for the following reasons: To ensure the preservation of birdlife population, assisting the recovery of the Mediterranean, associations and halophilic dunes. This reserve is made up of a total area of about 206 hectares which intersects the mouth of the River Plane trees, and in the territories of Ribera Eraclea Cattolica (AG). The oasis skirts the promontory of Capo Bianco, home of the ancient Greek town of Eraclea Minoa. The protected area is home to numerous species of birdlife that is permanent migration
41 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Calatafimi, Alcamo, San Vito lo capo
The theater is a theater of Segesta greek ancient city of Segesta in the archaeological site of Segesta Calatafimi, Italian town in the province of Trapani in Sicilia.Il theater, which can be dated around the middle of the fourth century BC (or II BC) is placed at the top of Mount Barbaro, opposite to that of the temple, about 440 meters high. Although not Segesta was a Greek city, the theater of the Greek canon. Seven wedges divide the seats of the spectators. The separations are done in travertine. The horizontal division of the theater (diazoma) allowed the shift of viewers from section to section of the theater. The upper zone is partially destroyed, and very little is also the scene, according to scholars who would have been decorated with columns and pillars. The auditorium has a diameter of 63.60 m. The theater could accommodate over 4,000 people. Restored, it is regularly used for theater performances.
RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SERRE DELLA PIZZUTA Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SERRE DELLA PIZZUTA, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA
44 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Palermo, Capaci, Isola delle Femmine
Le Serre Pizzuta is a tem extended from the heights of the mountains and Maja Pelavet (1,279 m) up to Portella Pozzillo. The highest peak is Pizzuta, with 1,333 m above sea level The geological origin of the Serra dates back to the Lower Lias (about 250 million years ago) as evidenced by the fossil remains found on Mount Kumeta. The nature of the carbonate rocks is, with a predominance of dolomite (calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide). Strong is the karst both surface and underground, due to chemical corrosion exerted by meteoric waters that gave rise to the Grotto and the Zubbione Garrone.
Loc. PIAZZA GUGLIELMO II, 1, MONREALE PALERMO, ITALY - SICILIA
45 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Palermo, Capaci, Isola delle Femmine
The Cathedral of Santa Maria Nuova is the main place of worship of Monreale, near Palermo , bishop of the Archdiocese of the same name . Built starting in 1174 under the will of William II d'Altavilla , King of Naples and Sicily from 1166 to 1189 , is famous for the rich Byzantine mosaics that decorate the interior. According to legend, William the Good , who succeeded his father on the throne of Sicily, he would fall asleep under a carob tree, caught by fatigue, while he was hunting in the woods of Monreale. Our Lady appeared to him in a dream , in which he was very devout , who revealed the secret of a truvatura with these words: In the place where you're sleeping is hidden the greatest treasure in the world : dissotterralo and costruiscici a temple in my honor . With these words the Virgin disappeared and William , confident of the revelation in a dream , he ordered that sradicasse the carob tree and you dig around . To their amazement, it was discovered a treasure in gold coins which were soon used for the construction of the Cathedral of Monreale , which were called for the creation greek Byzantine mosaic masters ( the master of the oru ) interior.
The construction of the great temple was started in 1174 and ended in 1267. It was conceived first as a territorial abbey church of the annexed Benedictine , independent chair of Palermo. In 1178 , the abbot William obtained that was erected the metropolitan archdiocese of Monreale and the abbey church became the cathedral. In the following centuries the construction , the cathedral underwent some changes. In the sixteenth century , designed by Giovanni Domenico and Fazio Gagini Gaginis , the porch was built along the left side , while that of the main facade was added in the eighteenth century. The facade, overlooking a nice square , is pressed between two bell towers , of which the left unfinished at the first order . The entrance is preceded by a portico century in the Baroque style , which opens to the outside with three round arches resting on Tuscan columns , below it, there is the portal , closed by two bronze doors , the work of Bonanno Pisano , dating back to 1185-1186 . In the upper part of the facade, ending with a low triangular pediment , it opens a lancet arched framed by a decorative blind arches interlaced with each other.
34 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Godrano, Casteldaccia, Caccamo
Ficuzza , 682 m above sea level, is a hamlet of the town of Corleone in the province of Palermo. The small residential enclave of the vast municipality of Monreale, is located in the center of the state-owned forest omonimo.La birth is due to the Bourbon king Ferdinand III of Sicily that here he built a hunting lodge in 1799 , called the Real Casina di Caccia, after purchasing the feuds racks , Wolf and Ficuzza , before belonging to the clergy . The king's passion for hunting led thus the birth of the first nucleus of the Real borgata.La hunting lodge was built in the grounds of Ficuzza , starting in 1799 , King Ferdinand III of Sicily , and is characterized by its rectangular facade and strict. The design of the building was drawn up by the architect Carlo royal Chenchi with changes made by the architect Joseph Venantius Marvuglia . The building has a rectangular table with neoclassical lines of the Sicilian , dominated by the group of sculptures of the god Pan and the goddess Diana with the coat of arms Bourbon . Along with the building were built smaller buildings and the central square . Around it grew over time the small town .
In 1871 he was entrusted Ficuzza Forestry Administration , who will administer the woods, the building , the township and the residents .
The building was reopened to the public in April 2009
RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DELLA FICUZZA Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DELLA FICUZZA, ROCCA BUSAMBRA, BOSCO DEL CAPPELLIERE E GORGO DEL DR - SICILIA
29 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Mezzojuso, Casteldaccia, Roccamena
There are many and varied natural environments of this reserve: one can speak of a real mosaic of vegetation that among his weave includes the oak forest, the cork wood, the wood of deciduous oaks, the Cerreto, shrubs and bushes , rocky areas and semirupestri, wetlands (rivers and lakes), grasslands and scrubland pasture. So much environmental diversity involves a rich overview of species: more than 1,000 plant species.
31 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Monreale, Roccamena, Trappeto
The archaeological site of the city of Iaitas is located in the municipalities of San Giuseppe Jato and San Cipirello, Mount Jato overlooking the valley of the river of the same name, in the hinterland of the province of Palermo, in Sicily. The human presence in the area is attested since Neolithic times, the female figurines and animals on the walls of the cave of Mirabello. The first village witnessed by archaeological findings has been dated by some of the eighth century BC but it is probably much older; of its inhabitants do not know much but it seems that they were Elimi. The urban area, approximately 40 acres, is naturally defended by the steep cliffs to the north and north-west, and by walls on the eastern and southern slopes. It was established in the place because of its location could control the way for Panormos, and the valley of the Belice, which represented the easiest way for the south coast and Selinunte.
Starting from the sixth century B.C. you can see the influence of Greek culture both in ceramics in religion with the introduction of the cult of Aphrodite. It's that time of the founding of the Iaitas proper, fitted with the classic features of the poleis; a theater, a temple, the agora, beautiful houses and craft shops. In the fourth century B.C. Iaitas and western Sicily, were under the dominion of Carthage. Diodorus relates that around 275 B.C. the city was attacked by Pyrrhus. During the First Punic War (264-241 BC), surrendered to the Romans, and since then, according to Plutarch, it was tax. There were no reports of the Byzantine period. We know that it was occupied by the Arabs, and that under the rule of the Swabian these revolted. Frederick II destroyed it in 1246, and deported the people to Lucera in Apulia; Since then the site was abandoned. The excavations carried out since 1971 by the Institute of Archaeology, University of Zurich, carrying out regular excavations made it possible to bring to light the theater with a capacity of about 3000 people, which is built against the mountain. The scenic area was adorned with four statues. In the south of the ancient city stood the agora surrounded by arcades with the Council room to the west. In the residential part, besides the temple of Aphrodite (destroyed in the first century AD), there was a mansion of the greek period with a peristyle courtyard.
The Park of the Sicani Mountains, fifth protected area of the island, between the provinces of Agrigento and Palermo, includes four precious reserves falling in the valley of Sosio, Palazzo Adriano, Carcaci Monte, Monte Genuardo and Monte Cammarata. The park headquarters have been identified in the municipalities of Bivona and Palazzo Adriano. Twelve municipalities involved.
The Sicani Mountains, limestone reliefs with shares generally exceed 1,000 m above sea level up to 1,578 m of Monte Cammarata and the 1436 Monte delle Rose, show a remarkable complexity of environments and microclimates, from which a great floristic richness and situations forest.
From the botanical point of view has in fact been found to contain over 700 plant species listed forty endemic.
From one point of view only in the forest, the particular features of the park are:
- The important ecological and environmental value of natural areas
- The high biodiversity landscapes
- The re-naturalization of plants artificial conifer and use of
biomass with a view to production management and impetus to alternative energy resources. The natural forest is, in large part, consists of formations oak Mediterranean, especially of Holm and pubescent that, with the inclusion of other species and a rich undergrowth, form a wooded complex-rich natural aspects interesting, from the environmental point of view , geo-botanical and landscape.
Even as regards the fauna, the territory Sicanian, in relation to its morphology, presents somewhat different habitats that allow the presence of numerous and important animal species and in particular of waterfowl (to detect the presence of the hawk, of Bonelli and Sicilian Rock Partridge).
42 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Trappeto, Castellammare del Golfo, Calatafimi
The Oasis Montallegro, located in southern Sicily between Agrigento and Sciacca, was one of the first nature reserves of the island equipped for guided tours and public access. The Oasis, a reservoir under complete naturalization (owned by ESA-Agricultural Development Authority), includes several environmental types, from deep waters to riparian vegetation along the banks, from low and muddy waters to small but dense reeds. At the center of the lake, the waters blends are popular especially in winter by several groups of Cormorants and Great Crested Grebes, attracted by the abundance of fish, the main food source for both species. During migrations are the Moriglioni and Morette to populate the central portion of the lake, immersing himself in search of algae and other plants acquatiche.Seppur of artificial origin, the lake has always attracted other animal species. Among these is worth a special mention the marsh turtle (symbol of the oasis), a reptile rare and localized in Sicily, here present with a stable population and numerous. It is not difficult to observe some specimens of this species intent on sunbathing along the banks and in search of food on the ground or in the water: molluscs, worms, amphibians and their larvae and small fish are the most sought after prey. A multitude of butterflies and dragonflies and other insects, most common in the spring and summer, completes the panorama wildlife oasis.
39 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Area Trappeto, Calatafimi, Castellammare del Golfo
Castle Calatubo (Latin castrum Calathatubi; Arabic: - Qal'at 'Awbi or Kalata et tub, land of tuff) is an ancient fortress built near the town of Alcamo (Trapani). The site has very old acquaintances, with remains of a settlement elimo and a necropolis. Being next to the A29, with its imposing size attracts the curiosity of travelers; however, is unknown to most people and pays today in a state of disrepair, although the City of Alcamo has often expressed the will to recover. It is currently unusable and therefore closed to visitors. The origins of the castle date from before 1093, when Count Roger defined the boundaries of the diocese of Mazara, to include Calatubo with all its dependencies. In ancient times, around the castle stood the village of Calatubo, which based its business on the export of cereals and millstone (water and wind, the latter called Persian mills), extracted from quarries around the creek Fennel, as mentioned by the Arab geographer al-Idrisi in the Book of King Roger, written in 1154. since the Middle Ages, because of its visibility, the castle of Calatubo played an important strategic role: in fact it was part of a line of towers and forts located along the coast from Palermo to Trapani; this defensive line was used to transmit light signals in case of attack of the enemy Saracens. In particular, the castle of Calatubo guaranteed the flow of information that took place between the outposts of Carini, Partinico and Castellammare del Golfo. The village of Calatubo was abandoned after the conquest by Frederick II and the castle lost its original function as a military fortress, turning into a farm. During this period, the castle were added warehouses, barns and other structures used for the administration of the estate of agricultural Calatubo. At the end of the nineteenth century at the second courtyard were then set up warehouses for the production of wine Calatubo. The castle remained in good condition until 1968, when it appeared the earthquake of Belice. To worsen the destructive action of the earthquake was the use of the structure as a sheepfold and illegal excavations, which had as its objective the finds of the necropolis of the seventh century BC pertaining to the castle. Also more recently (July 2013) the castle was surrounded by a fire that besides blackening the inner and outer walls has probably caused more damage to the structure. In 2007 the City of Alcamo bought the castle for 60 000 euro
The Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) identifies the name of a product whose production, processing and preparation must take place in a defined geographic area and characterized by a recognized know-how.
A native of Ribera, the cultivation of the Orange Ribera PDO (Riberella) extends into the territories of 14 municipalities of the province of Agrigento. Its production begins in the first week of November with the variety Navelina and continues from December until the end of May, with the Brazilian variety and Washington Navel.
The Arancia di Ribera, pleasant taste, is a blonde pulp and seedless. It contains vitamin A, B1, B2, vitamin C, minerals and sugars. It has nutritional components well balanced, easily absorbed and easy to digest. Just one orange to meet the daily requirement of vitamin C which is an antioxidant and helps to strengthen the immune tem. It can be eaten as a fresh fruit or as juice. Indicated for use in the kitchen in the preparation of aperitifs, digestives, in the first and second courses. Excellent salads, oranges, sweets and desserts. That's fine also consumed in the evening because of its high digestibility.
15 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Altitude: 212 mt. a.s.l. Area Roccamena, Contessa Entellina, San Cipirello
Poggioreale ( Puggiuriali in Sicilian) is an Italian town of 1,576 inhabitants in the province of Trapani in Sicily. The village is 67 km from Trapani , 61 km from Palermo , 120 km from Agrigento is situated on a hilly area (approximately 150 m above sea level) in the Belice Valley , near the river of the same name . It has an area of 37 km ² and a population density of 46 inhab. / Km ². The name comes from the Latin Poggioreale podus regalis (or Poggio del Re ). The town was founded as an agricultural center in 1642 by the Marquis of Gibellina Bite Francis , who in 1643 received the title of Prince of Poggioreale . In 1968 there was a violent shock that hit the Belice Valley destroying the city . Ruins remain , even today , bear witness to the life before 1968 . After the earthquake , it was decided not to restore these ruins believing their recovery uneconomical and potentially dangerous. The town was rebuilt a few kilometers downstream , with modern and futuristic ( for the time) .
In the time it has given rise to a tourist passing by, interested in the splendid ruins of the old city , called by some The Ghost town , destroyed by the earthquake of 1968 , but remained miraculously intact in the road network and in some the most representative buildings . At the Public Library is home to an ethno-anthropological museum of country life , and are also exposed some of the finds recovered during the excavations of Monte Castellazzo . In the new center you can admire the new Piazza Elymian by Paolo Portuguese, The Bus Stop and the Chapel of St. Anthony Franco made by Pure .
43 Km from RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO
Altitude: 32 mt. a.s.l. Area Alcamo, Cinisi, Punta Raisi
Ciammarita is a small village in the municipality of Trappeto and its beach is several hundred meters long. A very beautiful beach made of fine golden sand, all free, but there are no beaches catering services and bars. A small paradise where you can enjoy breezy air and the sea always a little 'whimsical.
Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE GENUARDO E S.MARIA DEL BOSCO Roccamena Burgio Ribera:
'VALLE DEL BELICE'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE CAMMARATA'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTI DI PALAZZO ADRIANO E VALLE DEL SOSIO'
'AREA ARCHEOLOGICA SEGESTA'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA FOCE DEL FIUME PLATANI'
'TEATRO GRECO DI SEGESTA'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SERRE DELLA PIZZUTA'
'DUOMO DI MONREALE'
'REAL CASINA DI CACCIA DI FICUZZA'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DELLA FICUZZA'
'AREA ARCHEOLOGICA MONTE JATO'
'PARCO DEI MONTI SICANI'
'LIPU: OASI MONTALLEGRO'
'CASTELLO DI CALATUBO'
'ARANCIA DI RIBERA D.O.P.'
Sicily is the largest Italian Island, separated from the continent by the Strait of Messina and lapped by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas.
It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to all tastes ranging from nature to history and tradition.
Nature seems to have endowed all of its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the Mediterranean Sea, with its incredible colours, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas.
Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily, offers unique and intense sceneries, scents and flavours of an uncontaminated nature. Last but not least, are the great volcanoes, symbols of the irresistible exuberance of this incredibly charming region. The fascination of this region grows with the precious archeological vestiges that tell the story of the ancient origins of Trinacria (ancient name for Sicily).
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