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Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to GIOIOSA MAREA Patti Tindari Vulcano Piano

AEOLIAN ISLANDS

AEOLIAN ISLANDS  Apri
Loc. LIPARI - SICILIA  Navigatore
36 Km from CICERO
Altitude: 438 mt. a.s.l.  Area Malfa, Vulcano Piano, Patti
  Brochure PDF

Stunning cobalt sea, windswept mountains and a charming film about a postman go some way to explaining why the Aeolians (Isole Eolie) are the European Holy Grail for island-lovers. The seven islands of Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Alicudi and Filicudi are part of a huge 200km volcanic ridge and lie between the smoking stack of Mt Etna and the threatening mass of Vesuvius above Naples. Collectively, the islands exhibit a unique range of volcanic characteristics, which earned them a place on Unesco's World Heritage list in 2000. This is an area of extraordinary natural beauty but, unfortunately, the word is out, so visit out of season if you can

GROTTA DEL GELO

GROTTA DEL GELO  Apri
Loc. RANDAZZO - SICILIA  Navigatore
34 Km from CICERO
Altitude: 802 mt. a.s.l.  Area Maletto, Bronte, Provincia di Catania
The cave is a cave Frost Etna, so called because of the presence within it of eternal ice. Located at 2030 meters above sea level is located in the territory of the town of Randazzo. Its opening is conical and the early seventies escursionionisti and a destination for tourists as well as experts and scientists. Previously it was used by shepherds to water their flocks. The cave Frost is a gallery scroll, originated from the cooling of lava after an eruption began in July 1614 and lasted for over ten years. The phenomenon that leads to the creation of this type of structure is very common: the walls and the surface of the casting, in contact with the atmosphere, cool faster than the inner part of the lava. It is therefore to create a sort of channel covered made of solidified lava, inside which flows the lava flow still glowing. When the power of the casting decreases, the level of the lava flow inside is lowered more and more, leaving a hollow structure precisely defined gallery scroll. These structures are not always easy to identify, as only collapses of time can reveal its presence. In the summer the cave is easily accessible, despite being required 5 hours walk to reach it. In winter, the entrance is often hidden by the snow that covers it completely. Even in the hottest periods inside the temperature never rises above -6 ° C in, while the one closest to the mouth is influenced by the external atmospheric agents. It has been noted in recent years that the cave has suffered a loss of volume of ice inside. The thing is due in part to the passage in the vicinity of the 1981 eruption, but someone attributed to other phenomena. Since the nineties we constantly monitor the temperature inside the cave using computerized sensors and a number of methodological controls in place by the experts of the volcanic center of Catania.

VILLA ROMANA DI TERME VIGLIATORE

VILLA ROMANA DI TERME VIGLIATORE  Apri
Loc. VIA PAPA GIOVANNI XXIII, 23, PATTI ME, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
4 Km from CICERO
  Area Tindari, Alcara li Fusi, Vulcano Piano
The villa Castroreale - St. Blaise, now the town of Terme Vigliatore was brought to light in the fifties, is one of the most interesting examples of luxury villa suburbs. Built in the late second or early first sec.a.C. on a site inhabited since the Hellenistic Age (III-II sec.aC) underwent at least two restorations or resets the first imperial age (mid-first century AD, II century AD), as indicated by the changes especially in the field the spa. The presence of the finds of pottery and late environments built with found materials, recently surfaced with the excavations carried out in the east (near the current entrance to the archaeological site), leading to assume a continuity of use of the site until late antiquity. The residential part, in the light for a little less than half, develops, as usual, to the sides of a large peristyle of m.17 side, provided, on each side, of eight columns made of brick, covered with stucco, which today appear to be linked to low dividing walls. At the center of the south side opened the large tablinum (reception room), with a two-column table and back wall divided by niche, probably intended to hold a statue. Is remarkable in this boardroom floor in opus Sectile (hexagonal tiles marble) and mosaic, dating from around the second century AD From tablinum could directly access three private rooms, paved with mosaics in black and white. In the area west of the peristyle and spas, have been brought to light other places to stay, some of which mosaics. In the south-west, at a level a little 'higher than the residential sector, were the spa facilities, which as usual included changing rooms (apodyteria) and rooms for the cold bath (frigidarium), warm (tepidarium and caldarium) . This area, in the sec.d.C. characterized by a small bathroom, it was expanded in the second century AD, with a number of new larger and more comfortable, especially for the needs of the warm bath. The new caldarium was in fact two pools, a niche within the other rettangolatre. Some of the rooms created in the last phase, corresponding to the age of Trajan-Hadrian, we report the frigidarium with mosaic bench and black with fishing scene, opera, probably a mosaic italics.

ISOLA DI SALINA

ISOLA DI SALINA  Apri
Loc. MALFA - SICILIA  Navigatore
45 Km from CICERO
Altitude: 358 mt. a.s.l.  Area Lipari, Vulcano Piano, Patti
Salina (Salina in Sicilian) is an island of Italy, which belongs to the Aeolian Islands, Sicily. Measuring 26.4 square kilometers and is the second largest in population after and Lipari. It is divided into three municipalities in the province of Messina Santa Marina, Malfa and Leni (until 1909 the town was one) and has about 2,300 inhabitants. Made up of six ancient volcanoes, has the first and the third highest peak in the archipelago: the mountain Trench Ferns 962 me Mount of leeks, 860 m, which retain the typical conical shape. From these two extinct volcanoes, viewed from the north-east, derives its name ancient greek ancient , didyme (from , Didymos, twin). The current name derives from a pond in the village of present language of the City of Santa Marina Salina, from which salt was extracted. Excavations have revealed settlements dating back to the Bronze Age and alternating periods of complete abandonment with other strong development. Finds from Santa Marina show a significant settlement around the fourth century BC Around the seventh century A.D. Salina was one of the most populated of the Aeolian Islands, Lipari because the volcanoes were active. The Arab invasions made it deserted until around the seventeenth century, came to be populated. Salina is the most fertile island of the Aeolian and full of water; are grown quality grapes from which we get the Malvasia delle Lipari, a sweet wine, and capers that are exported all over the world. Another important resource for the island is tourism. In 1980 the park was established in 1981 and Salina Regional Nature Reserve of the two mountains. It was the set of The Postman (1994), the last film starring Massimo Troisi. Since 2007, it houses the SalinaDocFest international festival of documentary narrative.

GELSO

GELSO  Apri
Loc. VULCANO, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
25 Km from CICERO
Altitude: 299 mt. a.s.l.  Area Lipari, Malfa, Patti
In the center there are 2 main beaches: the black beaches (Porto di Ponente), so named for the color of the sand of volcanic origin, occupy a beautiful bay, unfortunately, often very crowded, and the beach of fumaroles and is bathed by the warm waters heated by bubbling sulphurous steam that can reach very high temperatures (be careful, it is easy to burn yourself). The secluded and uncrowded beach Gelso is instead the opposite side of the island and can be reached by sea, by bus leaving from the port of Levante (very low hours) or driving the Provincial Porto Levante on Vulcano Piano and then branches to the Mulberry Capo Grillo. The beaches of Levante are affected by volcanic events: in many places the water ribolleper the presence of gas sources underwater. Immerse yourself in the warm water is very pleasant, as well as healthy.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA FIUMEDINISI E MONTE SCUDERI

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA FIUMEDINISI E MONTE SCUDERI  Apri
Loc. FIUMEDINISI - SICILIA  Navigatore
37 Km from CICERO
  Area Castelmola, Messina, Taormina
This protected area reserve many surprises impassioned naturalist: beautiful specimens of heather, at the foot of Monte Scuderi, a counterpoint to the woods of all species of oak known in Sicily, which occupy the valleys and other low areas of the reserve. Then, the rivers: real laboratories geological outdoors where myriads of pebbles of different mineral tell the story of the bowels of the earth and the physical nature of Peloritans.

PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELLE EOLIE

PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELLE EOLIE  Apri
Loc. PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELLE EOLIE, VIA TEATRO GRECO, PATTI ME, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
9 Km from CICERO
  Area Patti, Fiumedinisi, Francavilla di Sicilia
Archaeological site of Tindarys, ancient greek-roman city founded by Dionysius of Syracuse in 397-6 BC as a fortress and military outpost. Occupied by the Carthaginians led by Hannibal in 264 BC, the Romans conquered ten years later, has the end of his time to a landslide first, then an earthquake around 365 AD, and finally the destruction of the Arabs in 836 AD. You can visit the greek-roman theater built with sandstone blocks from the Greeks in the third century BC, the Romans modified to adapt it to the circus games, part of the urban plan of the city, the theater propylaeum monument built by the Romans with large sandstone basilica2pietre and intended to Basilica for public meetings, or Gymnasium for conducting athletic exercises; the remains of Cyclopean walls, built by Dionysius; a tower (XVI - XVII c.), situated close to the theater. It 'also planned to visit the Antiquarium, located at the entrance of the excavations, which sets out the marble statues of characters who are judges, a head of the Emperor Augustus, a Corinthian capital, pottery from the Bronze Age, Roman lamps old Republican -imperiale, tools and many other historical artifacts found on the site.

SANTUARIO DI TINDARI

SANTUARIO DI TINDARI  Apri
Loc. PATTI - SICILIA  Navigatore
9 Km from CICERO
  Area Tindari, Fiumedinisi, Francavilla di Sicilia
The Sanctuary of Tindarys is located at the eastern end of the promontory, overlooking the sea, at the ancient acropolis, where a small church was built on the ruins of the abandoned city. The statue of the Black Madonna, carved cedar wood, I was placed in an unknown time, possibly from the East came here after the phenomenon of iconoclasm in the eighth and ninth centuries. The church was destroyed in 1544 by Algerian pirates, was rebuilt between 1552 and 1598, and the sanctuary was enlarged by Bishop Joseph Pullano with the construction of a new larger church was consecrated in 1979.La feast of the shrine is held annually between 7 and 8 September. At the base of the cape there is a sandy area with a series of small ponds, whose conformation is changed as a result of the movement of sand, driven by the storms. The beach is known as Marinello or the sea dry, and there are many legends related. According to one of the beach they would miraculously formed after the fall of a child from the terrace of the sanctuary, then found safe and well on the beach as soon as created by the retreat of the sea. The girl's mother, a pilgrim came from afar, after the miracle, the miracle would have changed my mind about the true nature of the sculpture, which he had doubted because dark complexion of the Virgin. Another legend tells of the death on this very beach of Pope Eusebius, on August 17, 310, a few months after his election, on 18 April, which would have been exiled to Sicily by Maxentius. Above the beach, on the ridge, it also opens up a cave, which according to local legend, was inhabited by a witch, who devoted himself to attract sailors with her singing and then devour them. When someone gave up because of the difficulty of being lured to the entrance of the cave, the sorceress vented anger his fingers digging into the wall: this should have small holes that open up many of the rock.

GROTTA DEL LAURO

GROTTA DEL LAURO  Apri
Loc. ALCARA LI FUSI - SICILIA  Navigatore
26 Km from CICERO
Altitude: 1062 mt. a.s.l.  Area Cesaṛ, Randazzo, Patti
The cave of the Laurel is in the territory of Alcara li Fusi in the province of Messina at an altitude of 1,132 m on the western side of the rocky hill of the Rocche del Crasto. The cave is a center of great attraction for the many stalactites, stalagmites and columns of various forms. In it there is also a type of concretion mammellonare formed by thick layers of calcite, transparent in its interior. The cave goes into the living rock of the Crasto to a considerable depth. It is accessed from the foot of the gigantic rock Calanna away from Alcara about 7 km. Through a large entrance hall, several meters above the ground, you enter into a first cave of irregular sizes, with a high time studded with stalactites of odd shapes; from this, going down to a scene of stalactites, stalagmites, columns and concretions of fine visual interest, leads to a great second cave is also very rich in fascinating formations columnar stalagmites; this second branch of the cave tunnels that lead, even down to considerable depth, a number of other rooms, two of which are very large. Apart from the point of view of the Laurel geospeleologico the cave is interesting because of the presence in it of two copies of troglobitic invertebrate myriapoda of high biological interest that are endemic and unique characteristic of the cave: Entotalassinum Nebrodium and Beroniscus Marcelii.

PARCO NATURALE DEI NEBRODI

PARCO NATURALE DEI NEBRODI  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE DEI NEBRODI, CONTRADA PIETRAGROSSA, CARONIA ME, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
34 Km from CICERO
  Area Alcara li Fusi, Randazzo, Maletto
The main elements that most strongly characterize the natural landscape are the asymmetry of the various slopes, the diversity of modeling of the mountains, the lush vegetation and numerous moist environments. The orographic, about 70 km long., Is characterized by gentle terrain, due to the presence of large schools of arenaceous-argillaceous rocks: the peaks, with Mount Soro reaching the maximum altitude of 1,847 meters above sea level, have rounded hips with extended uppermost terraces and open into wide valleys crossed by innumerable rivers that flow into the Tyrrhenian Sea. Where, however, the predominant limestone outcrops, the landscape takes on aspects of the Dolomites, with irregular outlines and forms rugged and fissured. And 'the case of Monte San Fratello (716 meters above sea level) and, above all, the Rocche del Crasto (1315 meters).

PARCO FLUVIALE DELL'ALCANTARA

PARCO FLUVIALE DELL'ALCANTARA  Apri
Loc. REGIONE SICILIANA ENTE PARCO FLUVIALE DELL'ALCANTARA, VIA ARCIPRETE CALI, 44, CASTIGLIONE DI - SICILIA  Navigatore
35 Km from CICERO
Altitude: 304 mt. a.s.l.  Area Castelmola, Giardini Naxos, Taormina
  Brochure PDF
The only riverside park in Sicily Approximately 50 km of river channel, with natural features unique and unusual. Events geological and geothermal considerable intensity have determined the structure of the current basalts. It seems that in prehistoric times, a river flowed out of clay sediments; then channeled huge volcanic eruptions in the bed of that river a fluid magma, which sank in the most clay, resulting in the current basalt columns. The apotheosis of these spectacular sculptures of nature, it has in the Larderia of the municipality of Motta Camastra.

CASTELMOLA

CASTELMOLA  Apri
Loc. CASTELMOLA - SICILIA  Navigatore
45 Km from CICERO
  Area Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Francavilla di Sicilia
From the top of its impressive rocky pedestal , Castelmola if it is suspended between the sky and the sea, a few kilometers from the beautiful Taormina and especially a few steps from the Ionian coast , which is shown in front of the viewpoint as a long ribbon of sand and rocks . We are in the province of Messina, in the land of sailors, pirates and warlords illustrious which is the Sicilian : here lies a village that over the centuries has preserved the magic of the Middle Ages. Little more than a thousand inhabitants and a genuine heart , imbued with timeless traditions : these are the ingredients that make Castelmola so welcoming , along with the soothing song of crickets and waves. The Mediterranean landscape drunken tourists of scents and colors : the salty breeze teases the stain , and makes the smells of fresh pine trees and shrubs rise up in the air. The brush strokes of fuchsia bougainvillea make the earth less harsh , and the gulls trace routes silent in the deep blue of the sky seem the sentinels of the village, hovering over the rooftops and winding little streets , the square and St. Anthony on the ruins of the castle. Castelmola has been d one of the most beautiful villages in Italy . The reason you have to find out for yourself , and each can make some assumptions : perhaps for the transparency of the sea, to the appearance of scenic cliffs , or perhaps to the picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and stairways ? Certainly the medieval urban structure, so well preserved, with a unique charm to the small Sicilian town . At one time, to tell the truth , the village was even more impressive, with a fairy-tale entrance consists of a long staircase carved into the rock, step by step , guests Castelmola arrived at the foot of the castle , looking forward immediately the beauty of the citadel. Even today, the Municipal Auditorium , there is an exhibition of photographs showing the arched entrance with staircase, now lost : it was 1928 when the port was modified , replaced by its modern . But the most ancient testimonies resist , giving Castelmola that unique and genuine flavor . Resist certain houses, with doors and windows finished in Taormina stone , and the walls stained the color of the earth ; resistant roofs ' Sicilian ' , with the tiles on the slopes pendants, but above all resist the more points you live in the city. As the central square, with a mosaic floor made of lava stone : here is the former church of St. Anthony , which today constitutes the aforementioned Auditorium. The building, ancient , is flanked by other interesting buildings such as the Casa Sterrantino and the eighteenth-century Caffe' San Giorgio , founded by monks and is now used as an inn .

MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO REGIONALE EOLIANO

MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO REGIONALE EOLIANO  Apri
Loc. LIPARI - SICILIA  Navigatore
33 Km from CICERO
Altitude: 33 mt. a.s.l.  Area Vulcano Piano, Malfa, Patti
The museum complex is located on rhyolitic rock of Castle Lipari (Fig. 1) , an imposing dome of volcanic formation with characteristics of natural fortress , where the inhabitants have settled in all the periods in which they felt a need to defense. The evidence of these settlements are now partly visible on the summit of the rock : the Bronze Age huts on four overlapping levels ; structures of Greek and Roman Age ; urban plan of the second century. BC, thanks to the intensive tematic excavation began in the 50s . Until the mid- sixteenth century, the fortress of the Castle , the Citta'de in the old folk tradition , retained its natural appearance , consisting of rocky cliffs to his full height and some parts of the fortification on top of them. On the north side , the fortifications have incorporated the tower defense Pouncing Norman Age , which had included a tower of the Greek age , probably of the fourth century . BC , which is still visible along its entire height . The different sections in which the museum is articulated and its infrastructure (offices , library, stores , additional services, etc. . ) , Are located in different historic buildings, in addition to also manufactured twentieth-century fascist internment camp . The museum consists of six halls , which accommodate respectively : the Prehistory Section , the epigraphical section , the section of smaller islands , the Classical Section , Section Volcanological , the Department of Paleontology of the Quaternary, documents and illustrates , through the complex of finds exposed , human settlements and the development of successive civilizations , in the Aeolian Archipelago , from prehistory to the threshold of the Modern Age . The scientific path is facilitated by the rich and comprehensive didactic apparatus which is divided into two levels: captions with red characters , provide in Italian and English essential information in a quick visit ; explanatory text with black characters , provide in Italian extensive and detailed information to a visit reasoned and scientifically complete .

LAGHI DI MARINELLO

LAGHI DI MARINELLO  Apri
Loc. RISERVA DEI LAGHETTI DI MARINELLO, VIA TORRE FORTUNATO, ., PATTI ME, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
4 Km from CICERO
  Area Tindari, Alcara li Fusi, Vulcano Piano
At the foot of the promontory of Tindarys is the characteristic of the lagoon Marinello lakes which together with the lakes of Ganzirri are the latest examples of brackish coastal environment in the north-eastern Sicily. The formation of the lagoon area dates back to about 100 years ago, between 1865 and 1895, due to specific tectonic processes as well as the unusual weather and sea conditions exist along this section of coast. The lagoon area is located within the Nature Reserve lakes of Marinello established in 1998 and managed by the Province of Messina. Within the reserve, which covers approximately 380 acres, there are a wide variety of environments: it goes from lacustrine to brackish coastal marine sands, the steep slopes and areas overlooking the sea. There is also a beautiful natural cave: Cave Woman House, difficult to reach because overlooking the sea, within which there are formations of stalactites, stalagmites and columns. An old legend tells that in this cave there lived a witch enchantress (as the sorceress Circe of Homer) that having attracted to if the sailors with her singing sublime liberate devouring it. If the prey escaped the sorceress vented his immense rage against the walls of the cave affossandovi, with all its force, the fingers of his hands. The name of the sorceress was Donna Villa and only a few would be able to escape!

Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to GIOIOSA MAREA Patti Tindari Vulcano Piano: 'AEOLIAN ISLANDS'   'GROTTA DEL GELO'   'VILLA ROMANA DI TERME VIGLIATORE'   'ISOLA DI SALINA'   'GELSO'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA FIUMEDINISI E MONTE SCUDERI'   'PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO DELLE EOLIE'   'SANTUARIO DI TINDARI'   'GROTTA DEL LAURO'   'PARCO NATURALE DEI NEBRODI'   'PARCO FLUVIALE DELL'ALCANTARA'   'CASTELMOLA'   'MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO REGIONALE EOLIANO'   'LAGHI DI MARINELLO'  

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.