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AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO

Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO, ITALIA Carrozziere Belvedere Avola

ORECCHIO DI DIONISIO

ORECCHIO DI DIONISIO  Apri
Loc. SIRACUSA - SICILIA  Navigatore
6 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
Altitude: 42 mt. a.s.l.  Area Carrozziere, Belvedere, Augusta
  Brochure PDF
The Ear of Dionysius (or Ear of Dionysius ) is an artificial cave that is located in the ancient quarry called latomia of Heaven, not far from the Greek Theatre in Siracusa.Scavata high limestone cave is about 23 meters wide by 5 to 11 m, and grows to 65 m in depth , with a trend to S. According to legend, his particular form of donkey ear minted to the painter Caravaggio , who went into the city aretusea in 1608 in the company of the historic Syracuse Vincenzo Mirabella , the expression Ear of Dionysius . According to tradition, in fact, the tyrant Dionysius dug the cave where the prisoners locked up , and lurking inside a hollow upper listened to their speeches. Due to its shape , the Ear of Dionysius has acoustic characteristics such as to amplify sounds up to 16 times . According to some, the presence of the cavity underneath the auditorium of the Greek Theatre , favors the acoustics of the theater . It has recently been proposed by the Platonic rename the Ear of Dionysius Plato's Cave , considering the fact that the Athenian philosopher was one of the prisoners of the tyrant of Syracuse , and that, in the central books of the Republic , the myth of the cave is evoked with images that recall from the quarry near Syracuse.

BASILICA DI SANTA LUCIA AL SEPOLCRO

BASILICA DI SANTA LUCIA AL SEPOLCRO  Apri
Loc. VIA LUIGI BIGNAMI, 1, SYRACUSE, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
5 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Carrozziere, Belvedere, Augusta
The church of Saint Lucia and near the Holy Sepulchre outside the city walls were considered as isolated from the remainder of Syracuse , and are located in the district of Saint Lucia . The church, already documented in 1100 , was probably built in the same place where there was a Byzantine basilica was destroyed by the Arabs. Plant age Norman basilica plan , enclosed by apses , preserve the facade , the little portal with characteristic capitals and the first two orders of the bell tower . Subsequent additions and alterations have changed the appearance starting from the fourteenth century, and which traced the rose window of the facade. Other interventions were made in the course of 600, perhaps by John Vermexio , who built shortly after the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulchre (1629) , while not risultandone certain documentation . In the hope of being able to locate the remains of Saint Lucia in a place worthy of his sanctity, and pulled in the seventeenth century of the proceeds of taxes by a more substantial time with which they started the work of the octagonal temple basement , where he was commissioned architect John Vermexio . The factory was interrupted when it appeared at the highest military authorities , in the person of the Duke of Albuquerque, that the building could represent a view of the military citadel , the possible location of artillery , in case of siege . After the war, the baptismal font was installed above the bas-relief of St. John the Baptist carved by Salvo Monica.

AKRAI

AKRAI  Apri
Loc. PALAZZOLO ACREIDE SR, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
35 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Buccheri, Giarratana, Sortino
Akrai was among the first colonies of Syracuse founded by the Corinthians arrived in the Sicilian regions: Akrai near Pantalica Casmene (military outpost on Mount Laurel, in 643), Akrillai on the way to Gela and Kamarina, the most distant colonies, in 598. Built on top of a hill, Akrai was difficult to attack, and at the same time was an ideal spot to watch over the surrounding territories. Due to the importance of its strategic location, the city grew to reach its peak during the reign of Hiero II (275 BC-215 BC). Faithful in Syracuse, however, had political, administrative and military self, to the point that his army intercepted one of Nicias (421 BC) in the Noto Valley or Valley dell'Anapo and contributed to his defeat. In 211 BC, after the fall of Syracuse, became part of the Roman province taking the Latin name of Acre. The city then passed under Byzantine rule until the Arab invasion. The town was completely destroyed by the Arabs in 827, and the site was abandoned, was slowly covered with soil and vegetation out of sight and being forgotten for nearly eight centuries. One of the first scholars who chose the site of the lost city was the Sicilian scholar Thomas Fazello; later others will be interested and in particular Palazzolo, Gabriel Baron Judica, which in the early part of the nineteenth century undertook the first archaeological excavations at the site of Akrai and described his research in his book Antiquities of Acre published in 1819. The subsequent excavations of the ancient city unearthed the theater, small but in excellent condition. On the back there are two quarries, stone quarries, called Carved and Intagliatella the mid-fourth century BC On the plateau above the latomia Intagliata are the basic building blocks dell'Aphrodision, the Temple of Aphrodite built in the sixth century BC On the western side lies the Bouleuterion where the city council met. To the east of the hill there are the Ferali temples dedicated to the worship of the dead.

MEGARA HYBLAEA

MEGARA HYBLAEA  Apri
Loc. AUGUSTA - SICILIA  Navigatore
23 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Belvedere, Siracusa, Sortino
Megara Hyblaea is the Latin name of Megara Hybla'ia ( ), an ancient Greek colony in Sicily, situated near Augusta. It was founded in 728 B.C. by colonists from Megara, who previously had settled near Trotilon (the current Brucoli), to Leontini and Thapsos. Thucydides tells us that it was founded by the oecist Lamis, from Megara Nisea who died in the nearby Thapsos. According to tradition, the megaresi obtained the land on which to establish the colony from the Sicilian king Iblone. In gratitude the new city also assumed the title of the UNESCO. About a hundred years later, the iblei, probably in search of new land for their development, founded Selinunte. It has never seemed to be a city of great importance and has never drawn any advantage from his position. It was destroyed by Gelon in 481 B.C. around and it seems that its walls were razed. In the Athenian expedition against Syracuse (415-413 BC), Lamachus proposed (being then deserted) to make it a base of operations in the Athenian force; but his proposal was not taken into consideration until the Syracusans themselves do not fortified. In 309 B.C. was again fortified. During the Second Punic War it was destroyed by the troops of the consul Marcus Claudius Marcellus, who was besieging Syracuse. The city was never rebuilt, and in later times only isolated farms settled on its territory. According to some authors he was the birthplace of the playwright Epicarmo. The city is in some way linked to the evolution that led the singing spree (komos) to evolve into farcical mime to outline a new literary genre, the Greek comedy.

ISOLA DI ORTIGIA

ISOLA DI ORTIGIA  Apri
Loc. ORTIGIA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
5 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Carrozziere, Belvedere, Augusta
Ortigia ( The dialect Ottiggia in Syracuse , Ortygia , in ancient greek ) is the name of the island which is the oldest part of the city of Syracuse portraying their respective constituency , the ninth and last in the city area . Its name derives from the ancient greek ortyx ( ) meaning quail . The extension does not exceed 1 km and its population amounts to about 4,500 inhabitants. Ortygia is an island , situated in the east coast of Sicily. Its geological structure is composed of a rock with natural fractures , this type of rock lends itself to filter the water naturally this reason that explains why the island is connected hydrologically to the mainland Syracuse. The power of this ratio with water can be attributed to a deep aquifer located at a fault , currently inactive , full of water, which is compressed by the impermeable layer of Quaternary clays that lie in the lower valley of ' anapo and around the island of Ortigia and the Plemmirio.

ANTICA TONNARA DI AVOLA

ANTICA TONNARA DI AVOLA  Apri
Loc. VIA MIRAMARE, AVOLA SYRACUSE, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
20 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Noto, Carrozziere, Belvedere
At the intersection of Via Miramare and the way Old Navy , is the center of the coastal village of Avola ( 1600 ) . The Navy avolese had its greatest urban development with the construction of the trap on a permanent basis . In the thirties it constitutes an important stopover for maritime trade , and especially to the entire community. The tem included for tuna processing industries , distilleries of citrus and a mill for wheat processing . The tuna is made from malfaraggio , which includes the Lodge , the venue for the shelter of the boats and the factory for tuna processing . There are also the homes of fishermen , the warehouses and the seasonal home of the owner. From the architectural point of view , the owner of the palace reflects the style of the beginning of the last century. The downhill terrain creates the space for the small apartment where he was living in the host, which in the summer season he became a sailor. Follow the grandiose lodge , surrounded on three sides by the sea and expanded, in the summer, to a large enclosure with a thatched roof for drying the innards . Ancient structure, now , very little is left , like the great arch of the opposite side to the Lodge . From here the boats were beached for the winter season . High above the sea , there are a series of large rooms that were used as warehouses used to PRESERVED of long traps , or five miles of nets , buoys and anchors that were used to secure the equipment against the force of the winds. In ancient times , were lowered along the Sicilian coast many traps : those on the northern side were called race while the southern slope of return .

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA CAVAGRANDE DEL CASSIBILE

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA CAVAGRANDE DEL CASSIBILE  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA CAVAGRANDE DEL CASSIBILE, SR - SICILIA  Navigatore
13 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Avola, Noto, Carrozziere
On the banks of the river for a few tens of meters you will be immersed in the cool of riparian forest, where pedicellati willows, poplars whites and blacks, tamarisk and common ash trees in the South are the natural companions of the magnificent oriental plane trees, whose specimens have antiquated diameter logs about a meter and a half. There are points of the river in which this type of vegetation is to form a real gallery. On the banks, the oleanders by the blooms stand out with bright green foliage on the whiteness of the limestone rock.

MONTI IBLEI DOP

MONTI IBLEI DOP  Apri
Loc. BUCCHERI - SICILIA  Navigatore
43 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
Altitude: 982 mt. a.s.l.  Area Giarratana, Palazzolo Acreide, Sortino
  Brochure PDF
The Consortium D.O.P. Monti Iblei was created to protect and disseminate quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced in the Monti Iblei, limited to the provinces of Ragusa, Siracusa and Catania, or in the eastern part of Sicily, the southernmost known as Val di Noto: from this ancient land come oils characteristic for their harmonious taste fruity medium-intense, the green-gold color, fruity with hints of herbs, green tomato and artichoke, with notes of bitter and spicy harmoniously balanced between them. The PDO MONTI IBLEI, is the official recognition of the valuable characteristics of the oil obtained in the homogeneous area of the Iblei Mountains. The initials PDO, protected designation of origin, in fact means that the quality and characteristics of these precious oils are derived essentially from the geographical environment in which they are grown and processed olives. The Consortium has established itself immediately as an operational tool essential for the enhancement of extra virgin olive oil. It is a living organism for the oil sector, which operates in the service of olive eastern Sicily, and in particular the three provinces with strong rural, Ragusa, Siracusa and Catania. The Consortium is the primary interface to the consumer of olive oil. It is the body that protects the quality and genuineness of the product, and therefore, protect the health of consumers, ensuring ongoing compliance by the producers, the rules laid down in the product specification, quality requirements and parameters of organoleptic and qualitative covered in the production standards. The Consortium represents and protects producers that adhere to the specification, promoting and enhancing the product, making it recognizable and distinguishable territory of origin through operations targeted promotion and sponsoring the marketing of the product in new domestic and international markets.

FONTE ARETUSA

FONTE ARETUSA  Apri
Loc. VIA POMPEO PICHERALI, SYRACUSE, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
4 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Carrozziere, Belvedere, Augusta
  Brochure PDF
The Fountain of Arethusa is a body of water on the island of Ortigia, in the oldest part of the Sicilian city , a meeting place between reality and legend , one of the most beautiful monuments of Syracuse. Its origin is the development of one of the many outlets of the water table which is located in the Syracuse area , the aquifer that supplies the River Cyane on the opposite side of the harbor. It has a circular double , inside a circular structure , which is a double concentric circle . Over the centuries, the source has undergone several transformations , first outside the walls of the fortifications , it was possible to access the captive portal from the sea by a steep staircase where there was also a door , where it seems to have penetrated the Romans during the conquest of the city. In the sixteenth century the source was divided into several streams used for the tanning of hides : the rivulets formed a lake about 200 meters in diameter. In 1540 the source was incorporated into the fortifications when Charles V strengthened the military structures of Ortigia, to be freed in 1847 when the reservoir took its present shape . The lookout spot near the spring is what remains of the bastion , which was demolished in the second half of the nineteenth century . The source of Arethusa is now the heart of Ortigia , a meeting place and walk several times removed from the risk of drying out . Several earthquakes over the centuries have threatened the secular influx of water, until a few years ago when drought and perhaps even the construction of the third bridge , have reduced the flow of water at the source by putting at risk the health of the papyrus, which grows in ' inside of the pool . The Papireto of Syracuse , and the River Fiumefreddo , are the only papireti Europe.

CATACOMBA DI SAN GIOVANNI

CATACOMBA DI SAN GIOVANNI  Apri
Loc. SIRACUSA - SICILIA  Navigatore
6 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
Altitude: 33 mt. a.s.l.  Area Carrozziere, Belvedere, Augusta
The church of St. John the catacombs of Syracuse still retains traces of the charm that drove the travelers of the '700 and '800 to visit it. For a long time this church has been recognized as an ancient cathedral of Siracusa , built in Acradina , outside the city walls , in the region of the Catacombs , the place where , according to tradition, was buried the first bishop of Syracuse , St. Marcian , who was martyred under Gallienus and Valerian ( mid-third century ) ; recent studies , however, have undermined this hypothesis. The south facade of the church which can be seen, destroyed by the earthquake of 1693 ( it ruined the Great Basilica ) , and the reconstructed one in 700 with significant changes to the same facade and portico were used for the reconstruction of which elements fifteenth . On the left we see instead the ancient Norman facade marked by the rosette and decorated by the portal . In this place there was the same age in a classical Greek latomia , which was installed in the late Hellenistic pottery workshop relevant to an area pagan worship . While in the late- imperial area became a Christian cemetery in use until at least 423 . Around the middle of the sixth century (perhaps in relation to the residence of Pope Vigilius in Syracuse), the burial ground was tampered with to make way for the crypt of St. Marciano who was to receive the sarcophagus with the relics of the saint. Well above the crypt was built the church apse , with three naves , divided by 12 Doric columns of type (with reference to the apostles ) , so that the burial of the saint was in line with 1'altare , placed at the center of the nave , limited by a balustrade . After the ravages of age are likely Arabic , the church underwent innovations with the reconstruction of the perimeter walls , the extension with half of the pillars of the apse and facade , reducing to 10 the number of columns and the floor tilting in the direction of the facade. Particularly important is the crypt under the church of San Marciano , who welcomed the first bishop of the body due until the Arab invasion were transferred to Gaeta. The crypt is still frequented by both Catholics as a religious place by both Orthodox.

SANTUARIO DELLA MADONNA DELLE LACRIME

SANTUARIO DELLA MADONNA DELLE LACRIME  Apri
Loc. VIALE LUIGI CADORNA, 139, SYRACUSE, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
6 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Carrozziere, Belvedere, Augusta
The Shrine of Our Lady of Tears was erected in memory of the miraculous tearing of plaster effigy depicting the Immaculate Heart of Mary, placed at the head of the spouses Iannuso at their humble home on Via degli Orti in Syracuse, in 1953. This miraculous event was repeated from 29 August to 1 September 1953 in the general emotion of an immense multitude of the faithful , in the house of the spouses Iannuso . Collect the tears were subjected to scientific analysis that would be tear fluid . The devotion that followed was of enormous proportions . The small image of Our Lady of Tears, first provisionally admitted in the nearby Piazza Euripides, was placed inside the Sanctuary . The work was designed in 1957 by French architects Michel and Pierre Parat Andrault following an international competition . The construction began in 1966 , due to the extreme modernity of the project from the beginning there were a lot of controversy from the citizens and believes that he considered the work a monster of concrete that was to weigh further on a ' urban area already heavily compromised, these diatribes he delayed much the realization that ended only in 1994. During the excavation of the foundations was found an area housing the sixth century BC and brought to light a piece of road. This road was the main street of the neighborhood Akradina . Construction was completed after about 28 years and the sanctuary was inaugurated on 6 November 1994 by Pope John Paul II.

SIRACUSA

SIRACUSA  Apri
Loc. SIRACUSA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
7 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Carrozziere, Belvedere, Augusta

Siracusa e' uno dei capoluoghi di provincia della regione Sicilia, e' situata nella parte sud-orientale dell''isola e si estende in parte nella piccola isola dell''Ortigia. Siracusa e' di origine greca, fondata dai Corinzi nel 734 a.c. e divenne una delle maggiori potenze della Sicilia. Venne dominata da una serie di tiranni tra cui Gelone, Gerone I e Dionisio I che favorirono lo sviluppo dei commercio, vinsero numerose battaglie e arricchirono la citta con templi, teatri, sculture e terme. Siracusa fu terra natia di Archimede (il famoso matematico) ed ospito poeti illustri dell''epoca (V secolo a.c.) come Pindaro ed Eschilo. Successivamente fu conquistata dai Romani ed inizio cosi per questa citta un lungo periodo di decadenza. Subi numerose invasioni barbariche e poi dominata da bizantini, arabi, normanni, svevi, aragonesi e angioini, spagnoli ed infine dai Borboni. Dopo il terremoto del 1693 l''architettura della citta fu prevalentemente in stile barocco. Da vedere: Buscemi: Buscemi e' un paese in provincia di Siracusa e dista circa 40 km dalla sua citta di provincia. E'' situata in cima ad un colle e domina la Valle dell''Anapo. Nel 1988 il paese e' diventato un museo in quanto ha proposto le abitazioni e le strutture lavorative di un tempo. Si possono ammirare la bottega del fabbro, la cantina dove veniva pigiata l''uva, la casa del massaro (casa tipica contadina), la bottega del falegname, il frantoio e la bottega del calzolaio. L''orecchio di Dionigi: tra le varie bellezze che si possono ammirare visitando la citta di Siracusa, si possono vedere le caratteristiche ''latomie'', cave di pietra da cui si estraeva il materiale per costruire gli edifici della citta greca. La piu vasta tra queste e' detta del Paradiso ed e' famosa per la presenza della grotta chiamata ''Orecchio di Dionisio'' a causa della sua forma. Il nome di questa grotta venne dato da Caravaggio in seguito ad una leggenda. Secondo questa leggenda il tiranno Dionigi fece costruire questa grotta per rinchiuderci i suoi prigionieri ed ascoltare le loro conversazioni da un''apertura che si trovava in alto in quanto le parole si udivano meglio perche' amplificate dalla eco. Castello Eurialo: si tratta di una costruzione imponente di periodo greco munita di larghi fossati, torri di avvistamento, ponte levatoio e trincee sotterranee. Fu edificato per volere di Dionigio il Vecchio tra il 402 ed il 397 a.c. (periodo in cui Siracusa era in contrasto con Cartagine). L''entrata di questo maniero e' protetta da ben tre fossati. All''interno del castello vi e' tutta una serie di gallerie che rendeva facile lo spostamento di soldati senza essere visti.

CASTELLO EURIALO

CASTELLO EURIALO  Apri
Loc. VIA SIRACUSA, 2, BELVEDERE SYRACUSE, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
11 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Carrozziere, Siracusa, Augusta
The Euryalus Castle , situated near the village of Belvedere is the culmination of the fortification of the city of Syracuse, whose name seems to allude to that of greek Euryelo ( nail head ) . Wanted by Dionysius , tyrant of Syracuse , stands on the highest point (120 m asl) on the terrace of the neighborhood Epipoli about 7 km from Siracusa , in the direction of the village of Belvedere . The construction of this massive military work dating was built between 402 and 397 BC with the aim of protecting the city from any military operations of siege or attack. The entrance to the castle is protected by three ditches. The smallest prime is 6 m long 4 m deep , while the second 86 m from the first, is about 50 m long defense of advanced work behind which is the third 17m wide moat 9 m deep . Following this path we find a fence and the tower, which has a trapezoidal shape , defended by five large towers. Beyond the tower there is a large enclosure where there was the front door to the castle opened to a wall thickness of about 5 m . The whole construction of the strategic elements that had served to surprise the possible assailants as , for example, the intricate sussegursi of tunnels that gave him a chance to move troops from one point to another of the fortress without being seen or the door invited ( work pincer ), located in the northern section of the walls , where those who had attempted to enter it would have been under attack by militia surrounded the castle. Inside the building will also feature the various service environments for soldiers such as kitchens housing warehouses tanks and so on. After the Roman conquest of the city in 212 BC by the Consul Marcellus , the great military dell'Eurialo was modified until the Byzantine era when it was rebuilt using a portion of the materials taken from other parts ruined .

POMODORO DI PACHINO IGP

POMODORO DI PACHINO IGP  Apri
Loc. PACHINO - SICILIA  Navigatore
40 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Portopalo di capo Passero, Santa Maria del Focallo, Ispica
  Brochure PDF
The famous Pachino cherry tomato has many beneficial properties. And 'refreshing, thirst-quenching, has diuretic, rich in lycopene and carotenoids, substances that facilitate the proper functioning of the body and defend against free radicals. It contains a good dose of vitamin C, for repairing and regenerating action on all body cells. It 'also rich in minerals, with a balancing function and detoxification. The Cherry is also a PGI. NOT ONLY AND 'GOOD, BUT IS ALSO OK Several studies and surveys have shown the importance in the diet, the consumption of fruit and vegetables in order to protect human health and the physical well-being, preventing the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and some cancers. In recent years, great attention 'was paid to the tomato and its derivatives as the major sources of lycopene. Some authors have reported that an abundant consumption of tomato and its derivatives, and 'inversely correlated with the risk of cancer of the digestive tract and prostate. In addition, other investigations have been carried out regarding the health benefits of lycopene is in the context of infectious diseases, both in dermatological disorders.

RISERVA NATURALE FIUME CIANE E SALINE DI SIRACUSA

RISERVA NATURALE FIUME CIANE E SALINE DI SIRACUSA  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE FIUME CIANE E SALINE DI SIRACUSA, TRAVERSA SALINE, SIRACUSA SYRACUSE, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
4 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Siracusa, Belvedere, Avola
The natural reserve of Saline River Cyane and Syracuse is a regional nature reserve of Sicily which includes the River Cyane and the wetland of Salt at the outskirts of the city of Syracuse. The reserve is managed by the homonymous province. The reserve was established by decree dell'assessorato Territory Environment of the Sicilian Region in 1984 , and is oriented to the preservation of papyrus along the banks of the River Cyane and environmental preservation of the Saline . Located close to the city , including a marshy environment , flat, sometimes a slightly lower level than that of the sea , ideal for the mining of salt. The salt formed from the seventeenth century an economic resource of great interest ; remained in business until the eighties and were later abandoned for the crisis in the sector. Currently you come twice a year to refresh and migratory birds stop. However, it is relied upon for years a better site management, and maintenance of the levees of the Cyane , and the recovery of salt. There are several projects that have not yet seen the creation . The reserve is characterized by a lush riparian vegetation with species such as papyrus ( Cyperus papyrus) , the common reed ( Phragmites australis) and aquatic iris (Iris pseudacorus ) . The site attracts a interessantre birdlife which includes , among others , the knight of Italy ( stilt stilt ) , moorhen ( Gallinula chloropus ) and the bittern ( Ixobrychus minutus ) .

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PANTALICA, VALLE DELL'ANAPO, TORRENTE CAVA GRANDE

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PANTALICA, VALLE DELL'ANAPO, TORRENTE CAVA GRANDE  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PANTALICA, VALLE DELL'ANAPO, TORRENTE CAVA GRANDE, SR, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
29 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Palazzolo Acreide, Buccheri, Augusta
The site is diversified and offers diverse ecological environments that allow the expression of a very significant biodiversity. In addition to the aquatic biotope, we can distinguish the riparian environment, one of the walls of the valley, the plains and caves. In the crystal clear waters of the river, thanks to the torrential nature, are ideal dwelling trout and brown trout in Sicily. On the bottom is around tench. You can also find eels and crayfish.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA OASI FAUNISTICA DI VENDICARI

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA OASI FAUNISTICA DI VENDICARI  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA OASI FAUNISTICA DI VENDICARI, NOTO SR, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
31 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Pachino, Avola, Ispica
The resounding success ecological Vendicari is due to the multiplicity of its habitat distributed in different habitats: rocky, sandy coast, Mediterranean, marshes (brackish and freshwater), salt marshes, scrubland and cultivated areas. The fauna in the area is rich in bird and varies according to the seasons and the physiology of the animals themselves.

PANTALICA, SIRACUSA

PANTALICA, SIRACUSA  Apri
Loc. PANTALICA SR, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
27 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Palazzolo Acreide, Augusta, Belvedere
Pantalica, or rather the ancient center of Syracuse, is a place archeological nature of the province of Syracuse. It is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Sicily, useful to understand the moment of transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age in the island. In 2005 the site was awarded, along with the city of Syracuse, as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its high historical, archaeological, caving and landscape. The location of Pantalica gave its name to a famous story by Vincenzo Consolo, stones Pantalica, where the plateau becomes a metaphor for the human journey. Giarranauti is a large wood at the top of the plateau Pantalica. This area as well as being suggestive of the presence of a forest is also rich in the past, especially in the Byzantine period. Following the paths in the park are the remains of a Byzantine village (we are talking about the sixth and eighth centuries AD), tanneries and mills carved into the rock.

ELORO

ELORO  Apri
Loc. NOTO - SICILIA  Navigatore
25 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
Altitude: 160 mt. a.s.l.  Area Avola, Ispica, Pachino
Chlorine ( in greek and Helorus in Latin) is an archaeological site located on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, near the city of Noto, near Syracuse, at the mouth of the river Tellaro (then with the same name of the city). The city was founded by the Corinthians in the eighth century BC, in the direction of the later way Elorina, which connected the Greek colonies of Syracuse, Gela Kamarina. The upper course of the river Tellaro, near the city Hippocrates, tyrant of Gela, defeated in battle in 493 BC Syracusan forces, while in the course of the Peloponnesian War, the Athenians were defeated in 413 BC In 263 B.C. was part of the possessions recognized by the Romans to Hiero II of Syracuse in 213 BC It was then conquered by the Romans, led by consul Claudius Marcellus in 214 BC The city was flourishing during the Byzantine era, but was almost completely destroyed by the arrival of the Arabs. The most important sanctuary was located outside the walls: it was dedicated to Demeter and Kore and takes maybe an older cult indigenous Sicilian. It was located outside the walls and consisted of different environments. The first plant dates back to the sixth century BC, but was used until the third century BC, as evidenced by votive preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Noto. Later he was transferred to the sanctuary within the city as a small temple in antis, and surrounded by a colonnade (stoa), three-arm, Doric facade and two aisles. The arcade was also connected with the agora, which are only visible cisterns dug into the rock to collect rainwater. From the square, a street headed for the sea to the south-east: along with another street in a north-south axis called the urban structure of the city. A shrine dedicated to the god Asclepius (Asklepios in greek and Aesculapius - Aesculapius in Latin), the fourth century BC, it consisted of a courtyard surrounded by arcades, where the sick were standing waiting for the visit and slept in a dream of the god, which would bring to healing. Near there was a small thesaurds, which is a building shaped like a small temple in antis, to house votive offerings and dated to the second half of the fourth century. To the south, on the slopes of the hill, there is a greek theater, partly carved into the rock and partly built, from the end of IV - beginning of III century BC, partly affected by a drainage canal built in the thirties.

CAROTA NOVELLA DI ISPICA I.G.P.

CAROTA NOVELLA DI ISPICA I.G.P.  Apri
Loc. ISPICA RG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
43 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Santa Maria del Focallo, Zappulla, Modica
In the early 80s, a period of maximum production of 'Carota Novella di Ispica, the surfaces of the district came to meet with productions from 3500-4000 has q.li 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 carrots. During the last years remaining surfaces have been reduced in the area around 1300-1500 ha with an average production in good years that are around 650,000-750,000 to quintal of ISTAT data are highly variable, with regard to the production, in relation to the climate. The production of the area bounded represents approximately 90% of the production of Sicily. The companies that have come together to protect and enhance the production of the 'Carota Novella di Ispica represent, in terms of area, production and marketing of 55-60% of the operators who insist area, constituting the representative part of the producers of Carota Novella di Ispica of the territory bounded. Today it is cultivated in about 1500 hectares with a total production of over 75,000 tons. As regards the cultivation of carrot growing areas are in Italy has 12,664, of which 3,390 in Sicily, 26.8% of the total quantity harvested (587,319 tons in Italy, including 128,585 in Sicily, at 21, 9%), and there is a given export amounted to 1.2% of national production, while increasing the share of imported product: over 9,400 tons. In this context, the carrot News of Ispica potential plays a key role in what is the first carrot of quality to enter the market just at the moment of maximum level of imports. The documented origins of Carota Novella di Ispica date back to 1955 and the 50s, its cultivation has gradually enlarged, thanks to great commercial success on the domestic and foreign markets, mainly due to the unique characteristics such as early ripening, the crunchiness, fragrance, color and flavor, as well as the wealth of carotene and glucose. The import-export trade of Italy show an increase in exports of carrots against imports remain broadly stable. In Sicily, the primacy of the production of the core responsibility of the province of Ragusa, which alone accounts for 59% (80,000 ton - ISTAT data) of regional production, followed by the province of Syracuse with 32% (44,200 tons, Istat data). This production, as already said, is characterized by its production cycle and its quality.

CALAFORNO

CALAFORNO  Apri
Loc. GIARRATANA - SICILIA  Navigatore
45 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
Altitude: 532 mt. a.s.l.  Area Buccheri, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa
In the district Calaforno between Monterosso Almo and Ragusa, has been ongoing for some years an intensive reforestation project that has transformed the barren hilly landscape in a fresh and welcoming pine forest. In an area about 600 meters above sea level, extends, therefore, the Calaforno Forest Park, a wooded area that takes its name from a series of caves that are located further downstream: the cave Calaforno, a series of 35 small rooms, originally used as graves, then transformed over the centuries into homes. The park consists of a green hillside sloping down to the sea, which has a tree cover represented basically by Aleppo pines and along the trails, some oriental plane trees reminiscent of the old riparian vegetation cover and give the area a striking appearance. The area, as mentioned above, has been the subject of a major reforestation plan, which has turned into a real green lung, but surrounded by rocky terrain and arid. For the beauty of the area it is hoped that the park would soon become a protected region, even if the process for this to happen, has not yet been completed. Starting from Giarratana, you can reach the forest and follow the signs for the restaurant 'Two Palms', and along a dirt road that begins at the end of the village. After several twists and turns, running through farmland, forest encounter a gate marked 'Area equipped Calaforno'. Passing through the gate and continue for two miles, through the woods, you begin to see the infrastructure of the typical picnic areas, located first on the right of the road, over a stream, and then to the left, near an old mill water. The building, abandoned but fully functional, was acquired by the forest and partly restored so that it can be visited. In Equipped With several facilities that are well integrated into the environment because all made of wood. Tables and benches for more than 250 seats, many litter bins and a small playground for children, who can spend a leisurely day in a pristine environment. Beware, though: here it is forbidden to light fires so that the area is not equipped with hotplates. Adjacent to the area was made a wildlife area with deer and wild boar, bred for experimental purposes

PALAZZO NICOLACI DI VILLADORATA

PALAZZO NICOLACI DI VILLADORATA  Apri
Loc. NOTO - SICILIA  Navigatore
25 Km from AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO
  Area Avola, Ispica, Pachino
After the restoration of the ceiling of the Cathedral , restoration and accommodation in the natural site of the mosaics of the Villa Romana del Tellaro, the Baroque capital of the Val di Noto adds another jewel to its unrivaled heritage found or rather restored . The return to public use of Nicolaci Palace is an event that overflows the provincial boundaries , reaching the highest levels of education . The palace of the principles is something spectacular and today, restored to its former splendor, gives the size of the wealth and opulence that the city has experienced in a long-gone era . In purely baroque style and with about 90 rooms, a design attributed to Rosario Gagliardi , dates back to the early decades of the 1700s, even if the work , which also participated Vincenzo Sinatra (student Gagliardi ) lasted until 1765. The building is born as a noble residence urban family Nicolaci which has retained ownership of a wing , the other cedendone to the City of Noto. The building is decorated with several balconies decorated beautifully made and closed by the sinuous curved railings . Among the figures of the decorations are mermaids, sphinxes, hippogriffs , winged horses , and more. All of these decorations give a special harmony in the whole building. A wing of the Palazzo Nicolaci welcomes the Public Library , founded by the Municipality in 1817 with the generosity of individuals , especially the Prince of Villadorata , and now filled with thousands of books and various Spanish and Latin manus to which is added a gallery of portraits distinguished of the men of Noto , a gift of Baron Smart . The Library is not that one of the bonds that Noto has with its cultural tradition. To give just one example, Ferdinand the Catholic in 1503 gave the city the title of ingenious , for the erudition of many of its citizens , but was also called the Famous and the Learned

Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to AREA MARINA PROTETTA DEL PLEMMIRIO, ITALIA Carrozziere Belvedere Avola: 'ORECCHIO DI DIONISIO'   'BASILICA DI SANTA LUCIA AL SEPOLCRO'   'AKRAI'   'MEGARA HYBLAEA'   'ISOLA DI ORTIGIA'   'ANTICA TONNARA DI AVOLA'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA CAVAGRANDE DEL CASSIBILE'   'MONTI IBLEI DOP'   'FONTE ARETUSA'   'CATACOMBA DI SAN GIOVANNI'   'SANTUARIO DELLA MADONNA DELLE LACRIME'   'SIRACUSA'   'CASTELLO EURIALO'   'POMODORO DI PACHINO IGP'   'RISERVA NATURALE FIUME CIANE E SALINE DI SIRACUSA'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PANTALICA, VALLE DELL'ANAPO, TORRENTE CAVA GRANDE'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA OASI FAUNISTICA DI VENDICARI'   'PANTALICA, SIRACUSA'   'ELORO'   'CAROTA NOVELLA DI ISPICA I.G.P.'   'CALAFORNO'   'PALAZZO NICOLACI DI VILLADORATA'  

SICILIA


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). The provinces of the region are: Palermo (regional capital), Agrigento, Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna, Messina, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani.