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 BED AND BREAKFAST B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO

BED AND BREAKFAST
B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO

Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to CEFALU Petralia Sottana Caccamo Montemaggiore Belsito

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO  Apri
Loc. CASTELDACCIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
36 Km from B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO
  Area Caccamo, Santa Flavia, Mezzojuso
This mountain range has not only limestone due to sedimentation of the shells and skeletons of animals in the depths of the ancient sea Mesozoic era, but also the presence of silica walls, arranged in parallel lamellae to mixed incoherent elements (shale) formed by the 'slow and steady accumulation over the centuries from the husks of micro-organisms (diatoms and radiolarians) and siliceous sponges in the seabed. Not only on Pizzo Cane, inside limestones, there are intrusions of volcanic rocks that come to surface.

SOLUNTO

SOLUNTO  Apri
Loc. SOLUNTO, VIA SOLUNTO, ., SANTA FLAVIA PA, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
41 Km from B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO
  Area Casteldaccia, Palermo, Monreale
Soluntum is an ancient Hellenistic city on the northern coast of Sicily, on Mount Catalfano, about 2 kilometers from Santa Flavia, in front of Capo Zafferano, near Palermo. Preceded setting up maritime Punic KFR (about VIII century BC) located on the headland near Solanto, the city was founded in the fourth century BC by the Carthaginians, who remained in control for more than a century. During this time it became a center of maritime traffic, rivaling Palermo and Mozia.Nella new city willing to Hippodomean Pattern Catalfano settled on the mountain (307 BC), with the approval of the Carthaginians, a group of Greek mercenaries abandoned by Agathocles in Africa after bankruptcy of his expedition. The presence of a strong core Greece is, moreover, confirmed not only by the very nature of their construction and decoration, by the presence of inions in greek, and the type of the judiciary and of the priesthoods in to be remembered: the Zeus of Amphipolis Olympian and hiero'thytai. In 254 BC, during the First Punic War, the city fell to the Romans, as Iatai, Tindari and others. We know from Cicero that it was part of the civitates decumanae. The news later is derived from the only Latin inion discovered in Soluntum, a dedication of the res publica Soluntinorum Plautilla Fulvia, wife of Caracalla. Judging from archaeological materials seems that the site, in the semi-desert and decay since the first century, it was finally abandoned shortly thereafter. The excavations began in 1825 due to the interest of the Commission of Antiquities and Fine Arts, and on this occasion it was found a statue of Zeus enthroned now housed in the Regional Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas; it is characterized by the body carved in limestone and the local head of white marble, while the throne is decorated with reliefs depicting crowned by Nike Ares, Aphrodite, Eros and the Graces. The excavation continued in 1836 and in 1863, releasing a part of the city, but they were resumed in 1952 and continued in subsequent years. It is thus brought to light a significant sector of the urban fabric, which allows us to reconstruct the structure fully reorganized around the middle of the fourth century BC The city occupies the plateau of Mount Catalfano, which slopes from west to east, and is partly collapsed on the north side. The area originally was to be about 18 acres, and was divided regularly - according to the dictates of urban Hippodamus from Miletus - a series of streets oriented north-east to south-west, intersected by minor axes perpendicular, which, being willing perpendicular to the slope, are mostly made up of stairs.

GROTTE DELLA GURFA

GROTTE DELLA GURFA  Apri
Loc. ALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
35 Km from B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO
  Area Montemaggiore Belsito, Caccamo, Cammarata
The Gurfa Caves, near Alia, are a vast monument and a rare example of rock-cut architecture, realised along a wall of red sandstone. Their history and intended use remain a mystery even today. Recent studies have dated them to the fifth century BC; the most striking of them is certainly the large bell-shaped cave & referred to as a tholos & a grand hall evocative of propitiatory myths and ancestral beliefs. Also unique is its acoustic effect & even a whisper inside the cave can be heard in the cave upstairs. The Gurfa Caves can be reached easily from Villa Dafne on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback; it is, in fact, just 4 km away.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI FAVARA E BOSCO GRANZA

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI FAVARA E BOSCO GRANZA  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI FAVARA E BOSCO GRANZA, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
26 Km from B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO
  Area Alia, Caccamo, Petralia Sottana
The forests of the reserve are dominated by cork trees that are associated with oak, flowering ash and oak trees. The shrubs of the undergrowth is rich and reflects the spread of the species typically Sicilian in the woods, such as blackthorn, hawthorn, crab apple, asparagus thorny, butcher's broom, but Mandorlini or bushes by the rich blooms of golden laburnum trifloro, a plant similar to the broom. The lawns in the undergrowth, are tinged with colors in it we find the spring cyclamen, flowering carpet, the saffron branching.

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DELLE MADONIE

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DELLE MADONIE  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DELLE MADONIE, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
16 Km from B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO
  Area Montemaggiore Belsito, Caccamo, Alia
The flora is the main character of the Park. This botanical paradise and its peaks reaching 1,979 meters above sea level, is home to more than half of the 2,600 species found in Sicily and about 150 of the 200 endemic species. The most representative is the 'Abies Nebrodensis with 29 specimens. The fauna is characterized by 65% of the nesting birds and all mammals in Sicily. Very important are also the geological and landscape. In many ways it is possible to observe extraordinary landscapes including Mount Etna, Nebrodis and the Aeolian Islands, the sunrises and sunsets tinged with gorgeous colors giving it an almost unreal.

CACCAMO

CACCAMO  Apri
Loc. CACCAMO PA, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
29 Km from B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO
  Area Casteldaccia, Montemaggiore Belsito, Alia
Caccamo (Ca'ccamu in Sicilian) is an Italian town of 8,526 inhabitants in the province of Palermo in Sicily. Are uncertain about the origins and history of the country, given that very few historical documents to draw on for information on the origins. It is assumed that the first layout was made by the Carthaginians, refugees in the country after Himera (in the vicinity of the Termini Imerese) was destroyed by Gelon, tyrant of Syracuse. But have also been found traces of Byzantine and later also some names of neighborhoods and districts in circumstances indicate the presence of a nucleus buckwheat (the same name Caccamo could be of Arabic origin). Later, in 1094, Caccamo was entrusted to the Normans, which was granted in fief to Godfrey de Sageyo. The town is a medieval town dominated by its castle high on a hill in the oldest part of the country. A Caccamo was born architect and Mannerist painter Nicasio Azzarello (Contino and Mantia, 1998), disciple and son of the architect, painter and cartographer Palermo Antonino Spatafora, brother of the architect and painter termitano Vincenzo La Barbera. The Azzarello worked, as an architect at the Quattro Canti (octagon Piazza Villena) of Palermo. His only known painting, as recently documented Contino and Mantia (2001), is the Annunciation Church of the Monastery of Termini Imerese, carried out together with the disciple, the termitano Francesco La Quaraisima.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI - CAMPANITO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
39 Km from B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO
  Area Sperlinga, Agira, Cesaṛ
The value of the natural reserve of Sambuchetti Campanito is outstanding for the variety of habitats and biodiversity in this area. The mountain range, which belong to the mountains Campanito (1,514 m) and Sambuchetti (1,559 m), is a chain parallel to the neighbors with which it shares similarities geological Nebrodis not indifferent: it is Numidian flysch deposits, mainly formed by accumulated debris the work of underwater currents and then surfaced in the later stages. The environment is basically an agro-forestry-pastoral and presents no particular archaeological or historical worth mentioning. Nearby you can visit Sperlinga and its famous castle situated on a hill overlooking the surrounding landscape.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
24 Km from B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO
  Area Casteldaccia, Montemaggiore Belsito, Alia
Monte San Calogero geologically is a large anticline (folded portion of the earth's crust by tectonic forces that do emerge) that sinks in E-SE direction. More than a mount would be more correct to call it mountain of San Calogero tem looks like a mighty massif composed of limestone and dolomite originated from the Mesozoic onwards, siliceous layers and the so-called Numidian flysch (of sedimentary).

SPERLINGA

SPERLINGA  Apri
Loc. SPERLINGA - SICILIA  Navigatore
42 Km from B.& B. LA FINESTRA SUL PARCO
  Area Nicosia, Agira, Enna
Sperlinga (Sperrenga in Gallo-Italic Spillinga in Sicilian) is an Italian town of 896 inhabitants of the province of Enna in Sicily. The town is part of the circuit of the most beautiful towns in Italy. It is located between the Nebrodi and the Madonie, in the heart of central Sicily, 47 kilometers from Enna. Already defined as a royal residence rock carved into a giant mass of sandstone, Sperlinga etymologically derives from the greek and means cavern cave. The district is characterized by numerous caves carved into the sandstone. Sperlinga is attested as a castrum (and therefore village with castle structures) in a document of 1239. The history of Sperlinga is identified with the history of the families who owned the castle and outbuildings feuds, the Ventimiglia, the Natoli and Oneto. The town, originally a feudal village at the foot of the medieval castle Norman, has expanded from 1597 onwards, when King Philip II granted to John Natoli, the title of prince of Sperlinga, and the privilege to be able to fabricate lands. The Natoli he built the church dedicated to St. John the Baptist outside the walls of the Castle, whose first parish records are dated 1612. The son Francis gave the castle and property to Oneto, Dukes of Sperlinga, in 1658. In the district Capostra' in July 1943, was the famous photo taken by Robert Capa that has become a world-wide symbol of the Allied landings. Included those of Contrada Rossa, Cicera, Perciata, Grotta Vecchia, and within the town that the Dodge dug in front row and overlaid with picturesque streets that together form a rock town, where, every year, the August 16, we celebrate the Festival of Tortone. This folk event is the distribution and tasting local foods typical expression of the best and most genuine culinary tradition of the place. At the center of the proposed food richly laid the delicious Tortone. In the earlier days, the various districts of the country, each represented by a Lady, will compete in various games. The lady in the ward who obtained the highest score is elected Castellana Sperlinga. On August 16, the Castellana, along with other countries Gallo-Italic, participates in the parade, made up of many characters, in period costume, parade along the streets of the country. A jury will elect the Lady countries Gallo-Italic. The evening in the Piazza Castello is cheered by representations of historical events, fireworks, singing and dancing. The castle of Sperlinga is a rare example of castle rock, partly dug into the rock and dating back to the period prior to the Sicilians pre-Greek (XII-VIII century BC), partly built on the same rock, around the year 1080. It is was home to the principles of Ventimiglia until 1597, then the principles of Sperlinga Natoli (1598 to 1658) and then the Duke of Sperlinga Oneto (1658-1861), the last of which gave it in perpetual lease to Baron Nunzio Nicosia, whose descendants donated it to the town of Sperlinga in 1973. it is famous the written posthumously in Latin carved arch pointed arch in the entrance hall of the castle, the Prince's Castle John Natoli: QUOD Siculis placuit SOLA SPERLINGA negavit, that is written posthumously linked to the events of the Sicilian Vespers (1282) when a French garrison of Anjou barricaded himself inside the castle and withstood the siege for over a year.

Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to CEFALU Petralia Sottana Caccamo Montemaggiore Belsito: 'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO'   'SOLUNTO'   'GROTTE DELLA GURFA'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI FAVARA E BOSCO GRANZA'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DELLE MADONIE'   'CACCAMO'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SAMBUCHETTI'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO'   'SPERLINGA'  

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.