Altitude: 462 mt. a.s.l. Area Caltanissetta, Piazza Armerina, Enna
Based on the indications of historians and geographers Pietraperzia seems to have originated from an ancient Greek colony in Sicily called Caulonia . Pietraperzia due to the Saracen domination both the name and its prosperity . Golden age for Pietraperzia can be considered the sixteenth century when Barresi , barons of the city, were promoted prior to the dignity of Marquis Matthew Barresi III , the founder of Barry (1529), and then with the principles of Peter Barresi (1564 ) .
The Castle of Pietraperzia their house then became coveted hangout of the lover of culture and politics. Was the serious social crisis that swept through the city , culminating in the tragic establishment of an armed by Antonino Di Blasi, understood Testalonga , which he created , in little more than two years of banditry (1765-1767) , un'esteso climate of terror in Sicily . Since 1926 Pietraperzia joined the new province of Enna.
Among the buildings include: the Mother Church , the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Cava , the Governor's Palace ( XVI century).
The Pyramid of Pietraperzia
On the plateau of Cirummeddi ( Cerumbelle ) are a series of natural acrocori including that of the pyramid. It consists of a set of probable Neolithic megalithic structures , which are ed later buildings until the late Middle Ages . The appearance is hilly and pyramidal height of about 12 meters. The base of the structure, 55 meters long and 30 wide , is composed of three tiers of terraces cut off vertically by four stairways carved through which you access the overlying terraces connected by ramps inclined planes . The steps correspond to the four cardinal points. The monument has two constructive ideas by the strong symbolic connotation : that of the circle (its circumference) and that of the square (the plant construction on the upper floors engaged in it ) .
Feast of the patron Maria SS. Cava August 14 and 15 , August 16 Feast of the patron St. Rocco
The Scala dei Turchi (Italian: Stair of the Turks) is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle, southern Sicily, Italy. It has become a tourist attraction due to its unusual white color, as well as by its mention in Andrea Camilleri's series of detective stories about Commissario Montalbano.
The Table Grape Canicatti' PGI acini spheroidal ellipsoidal-sized medium-large, characterized by a fleshy pulp and crisp, sweet with delicate aroma of muscat. The skin is pale yellow - golden straw yellow. The production area of Canicatti' Table Grape PGI includes several municipalities in the province of Agrigento and Caltanissetta. The vine arrived in the Mediterranean as early as 600 BC. The Phoenicians were known in France, while the Romans in Germany. In particular, the cultivation of the type Italian, although it was introduced in the first half of the twentieth century, he said only in the early '70s in the area of Canicatti', where he took the place of the traditional cereal crops, almond and legumes. Produced nell'agrigentino appreciated and recognized in various parts of the world, the Italian grapes of Canicatti' is creation of the illustrious geneticist Alberto Piovano through the intersection of two varieties, Bicane and Muscat d'Hamburg. The result of this intersection is a grape-looking, large size and very durable.
You can store it for over a month, if placed in a humid environment at low temperatures. In addition to the canon fresh consumption, the grapes can be used as an ingredient in desserts, jams and juices. Disinfectant and antiviral, diuretic and laxative.
The birth of the polis Agrigento is linked to the development of the polis Geloan : the city, in fact , was founded in 581 BC by some inhabitants of Gela, originating in the islands of Rhodes and Crete , with the name of (Akragas) , named after the river which flows through the area. It was one of the major cities of the ancient world , important urban center , both economically and politically . The settlement was protected in the sixth century by a defense tem consisting of a circuit of walls that took advantage of the topography of the area consists of the plateau on the side of hills overlooking the coast and in the Valley of the Temples occupied the southern edge and was not the acropolis instead localized further upstream , at the medieval core of the city. The military expansionism of Akragas was particularly pulse at the time of the tyrant Theron ( 488-473 BC) and the victory over the Carthaginians . A period of rivalry with Syracuse. The great temples built in the fifth century testify to the prosperity of the city. After the looting by the Carthaginians in 408 BC followed a period of decline in the city, which was rebuilt anyway . From 262 B.C. Agrigento entered the Roman rule , while remaining a major city . From the seventh century, the city was left impoverished and depopulated and the city center was reduced to the only hill of the Acropolis , thus abandoning the urban area is the area of the temples , which was saved well by urban transformations . At the heart of the Valley of the Temples, in the area west of the church of St. Nicholas ( now the National Museum ) , there are the remains dell'ekklesiaste'rion and the so-called Oratory of Phalaris . The works for the construction of the museum have revealed a very interesting complex of a public nature ( Agora higher). In the northern part , no longer visible because brutally buried the building of the museum, was a sanctuary of Demeter and Kore in the sixth and fifth centuries BC , to be connected in all probability, as a garrison sacred , with the public activities carried out immediately down south : sanctuary come from the usual votive pottery and ceramics.
Caltanissetta e' una delle province della regione Sicilia. Si trova nella parte interna dell''isola ai piedi del monte San Giuliano. Questa sua posizione geografica ha favorito notevolmente l''insediamento di varie popolazioni tra cui i Siculi, i Sicani e soprattutto i Greci. In seguito nell''829 venne conquistata dagli Arabi e prese il nome di Kastra-Nissa. Successivamente venne dominata dai Normanni, dagli Svevi, dagli Angioini e dagli Aragonesi e poi da alcune signorie siciliane. Nel 1860 venne poi annessa al Regno d''Italia dopo un lungo dominio di Spagnoli e Borboni. Questa grande storia eterogenea ha lasciato tracce indelebili sul territorio nisseno: si trovano infatti bellissimi siti archeologici, castelli medievali con torri di avvistamento, palazzi e bellissime chiese di vari comuni, impianti minerari (solfare) ed i forni di arricchimento dello zolfo (gills) oggi rimasti come testimonianza dell''industria solfifera siciliana. Da vedere: Castello di Falconara: originariamente questo castello era una torre di avvistamento. Questa costruzione sorge sulla costa a ovest di Gela e nel corso dei secoli ha subito numerose modifiche che gli hanno conferito l''aspetto di un vero e proprio maniero medievale. Nei primi anni del XIX secolo divenne proprieta di Giorgio Wilding che fece aggiungere alla costruzione originaria un salone ed un grande terrazzo a picco sul mare. Successivamente il castello passo ai Chiaramonte che impreziosirono le stanze con quadri, ceramiche e mobili antichi di grande pregio. Abbazia di Santo Spirito: questa e' probabilmente la chiesa piu antica di Caltanissetta. E'' stata costruita prima dell''anno Mille, e' in stile romanico e possiede tre absidi. Nel corso dei secoli ha subito numerose modifche e al suo interno sono conservati dipinti ed opere di grande valore, tra cui antichi testi sacri ed una bellissima fonte battesimale ottenuta da un''urna cineraria romana. Cattedrale: questa chiesa venne edificata tra il 1570 ed il 1622: e' in stile neoclassico ed la pianta a croce latina con tre navate separate da due ordini di colonne. Le navate laterali presentano bellissime nicchie con Statue della Vergine, di gesu Risorto e di alcuni Santi. All''interno della chiesa vi sono anche splendidi affreschi di Guglielmo Borremans (1720) che decorano le colonne, gli altari e la volta. Di notevole pregio sono anche l''organo in stiile barocco e la statua di San Michele Arcangelo (patrono della citta) delXVII secolo (opera di Stefano Li Volsi). La cattedrale ha subito recentamente nuovi restauri. Chiesa di San Sebastiano: questa bellissima chiesa si trova in Piazza Garibaldi accanto alla cattedrale. E''stata costruita nel XVI secolo come dono a San Sebastiano da parte del popolo della citta per ringraziarlo della liberazione dalla pesta bubbonica. Nel corso dei secoli questa chiesa ha subito ingrandimenti, rimaneggiamenti e restauri: la nuova facciata che possiede ricchi elementi architettonici risale ai primi anni del XIX secolo e venne realizzata dall''architetto Pasquale Saetta.
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
Agrigento (whose name derives from the Arabic Girgenti, original name of the city until 1197) is one of the provincial capitals of the region Sicily. It is located on a hill in the southern coast of the island and is famous for being one of the archaeological and tourist centers of Italy. Agrigento was founded in the sixth century a.c. Greeks of Rhodes (as Akragas) and was one of the most important city of Magna Grecia. It was later destroyed and sacked by the Carthaginians and later conquered by the Romans. Later it was ruled by the Vandals, Goths and Byzantines, and spent a period of serious economic decline. Later it was under the rule of the Arabs by which repurchase economic and commercial importance. In 1086 it was occupied by the Normans and became a bishopric. In the following centuries it was dominated by the Aragonese and then by the Spanish. In 1817 he became a province of Sicily and was one of the first Sicilian city to arise after the proclamation of Salemi Garibaldi: in 1860 joined the Kingdom of Italy. Things to see: The Valley of the Temples: In Agrigento is one of the archaeological sites of the most important and best preserved Greek civilization to the world. The Valley of the Temples is located in the southern part of the city and consists of several temples that date back to the fifth century a.c. These temples are in Doric style and oriented east to respect the principle that the statue representing the gods (at the entrance of the temple) was fully illuminated by the sun at dawn.
This valley presents the various temples of various deities almost aligned with each other; covering the area you can admire the 'Temple of Olympian Zeus' built in honor of Zeus for victory of Agrigento against the Carthaginians; the 'Temple of Heracles' which is oldest in this place, the 'Temple of Concord', the only one to be received fully intergovern, the 'Temple of Hera Lacinia' built around the fifth century a.c. And then set on fire by the Carthaginians. The Valley of the Temples has been d a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. Hellenistic Roman Quarter: the archaeological site of the Valley of the Temples also includes the Roman Hellenistic district; it is a complex of dwellings with mosaics and decorative flooring of the I-II century d.c. of which it is still visible the urban layout. Cathedral: the original building was built by the Normans in the eleventh century but has undergone alterations in the XIII-XIV century and then later restored in 1966. And 'structured on three naves and the central one has a beautiful wooden beamed ceiling with figures of saints and apostles. The choir is rather full Baroque style: decorated with angels and golden garlands. Abbazia di Santo Spirito: this church dates from the thirteenth century and has a facade with a Gothic portal surmounted by a beautiful rose window. The interior is predominantly Baroque style. There are preserved some reliefs depicting the Nativity, the Flight into Egypt, and the Presentation of Jesus
Loc. TEMPLE OF CONCORDIA, STRADA PANORAMICA DEI TEMPLI, AGRIGENTO, ITALY - SICILIA
39 Km from CASALICCHIO
Area Realmonte, Siculiana, Canicattė
The Temple of Concordia is a greek temple ancient city of Akragas site in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. This temple , built like that of Hera on a massive base designed to overcome the uneven rocky terrain , for the state of conservation is considered one of the sacred buildings of the classical period greek most remarkable in the world ( 440 BC -430 BC). On a crepidoma of four steps ( 39.44 m x16 , 91) stands the conservatissima peristyle of 6x13 columns , high m. 6.72 and are characterized by winds grooves and harmonious entasis (curvature of the vertical section ) , surmounted by architrave , frieze of triglyphs and metopes and frame mutuli , are also stored in an integral manner the eardrums. To the cell, preceded by pronaos in antis (like opisthodomos ) is accessed through a step; well preserved are the props with access stairs to the roof and , on top of the walls of the cell and in the blocks of the entablature of the peristyle , the business for the wooden truss cover. The exterior and the interior of the temple were covered in plaster with the necessary polychrome. The mum showed gutters with lion heads and the coverage provided marble tiles . The transformation into a Christian church acted primarily a reversal of orientation ancient , so we broke down the wall of the cell, closed the intercolumns and practiced twelve arched openings in the walls of the cell, so as to constitute the canonical three aisles , the two in the central and lateral peristasi coincident with the cell. Then destroyed the altar of the classical era and place in the corners of the east sacristy , the building became virtually perfect body basilica . The trenches dug within and outside the church relate to early medieval burials , according to custom placed in close relationship with the basilica.
RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA
36 Km from CASALICCHIO
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).
RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DELLA FICUZZA Apri
Loc. GODRANO - SICILIA
40 Km from CASALICCHIO
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.
The WWF Torre Salsa extends between Siculiana Marina and Eraclea Minoa in a pristine area where chalk cliffs alternate with calcareous marl and where you play undisturbed sea turtle Caretta caretta .
The Oasis is located in the Municipality of Siciliana (Ag) .
The area is the oasis of 762 hectares in which the chalk cliffs plunging into the sea with waters rich in flora and fauna and unspoilt beaches .
Within a wetland and the Torre Salsa, an ancient watchtower .
The Natural Reserve of Torre Salsa extends between Siculiana Marina and Eraclea Minoa in a pristine area where the chalk cliffs alternate with calcareous marl , sometimes covered by layers of clay.
The herbaceous and bushy vegetation that covers the environment, sometimes inaccessible , allowing access to the beautiful beach by narrow paths among the rocks. The sea is crystal clear and the lush backs of rich flora and fauna.
The area is characterized by soft terraces, from the large depression in the morass , and from the cliff morphology tormented .
The landscape of cliffs , impressive in its glow , the soul forms rugged and picturesque extremely original , offering multiple and varied scenic views .
The coastline of the reserve, about six kilometers long , is characterized by stretches of coast where high emerge blue clays , with layers of limestone shoals of chalk , marl white eroded by the wind forming the cliffs overhanging and loose sand in the lower sections which are coastal dunes .
La Torre Salsa , an ancient watchtower , is located in the heart of the reserve and dominates the top of a small hill which shows , where the process of erosion is more intense , the white calcareous marl .
On the sea, a jagged rocky plateau that alternates with sandy beaches, creating a myriad of paths where fish dart between fast and slow algae crustaceans find shelter .
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE CAMMARATA, LOCALITA' SAN GIOVANNI GEMINI, SAN GIOVANNI GEMINI AG, IT - SICILIA
12 Km from CASALICCHIO
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.
In winter, the best way to combat the ills of the season is to do plenty of vitamin C. This is known. But few know, however, that there is a fruit in particular that contains more than others, as much as 40%. And 'the PGI Red Orange of Sicily.
This characteristic is due to the presence in its pulp pigments, called anthocyanins, which give it the red color, and a remarkable concentration of antioxidants (ascorbic acid addition to the aforementioned flavonoids), which help fight free radicals, responsible for the 'aging. Making the body more resistant to various diseases of various kinds including bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, headaches and rheumatism.
Rich in water (87%), low in fat (34 calories per 100 grams) and protein, the PGI Red Orange of Sicily contains many minerals like calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, selenium, and especially different vitamins including, in addition to vitamin C, A, B1, and B2.
But that's not all. Improves the respiratory tem facilitates the deposition of calcium and phosphorus in bones and teeth, it is indicated in the diet of pregnant women and menopause. Moreover carotenes are pres of vitamin A good allies of the visual tem and fight infection of various nature.
The area of production is between the provinces of Enna, Catania and Siracusa. The Red Orange of Sicily is an example of the close link between climatic factors and product characteristics; the same varieties of orange, in fact, grown in other climates do not have the particular color and specific organoleptic characteristics that made them famous in the world.
The PGI Red Orange of Sicily, the fruit with a sweet taste and characteristic, is commercially available in three varieties: Tarocco, Moro and Sanguinello. Thanks to the valuable nutritional properties and juiciness is to be preferred to the other oranges. And it is good to consume especially at this time of year, because in these months the fruit expresses the best of its beneficial qualities in terms of taste and flavor.
Juice or wedges, the Red Orange of Sicily is the closest ally of our health and tasty.
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
25 Km from CASALICCHIO
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.
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.
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DELLE MADONIE, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA
38 Km from CASALICCHIO
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.
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.
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.
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
35 Km from CASALICCHIO
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 .
Nocellara del Belice is a horticultural product Italian with two designations of origin (PDO). It is an olive particularly big and tasty, which is produced in the province of Trapani, mainly in the triangle between Castelvetrano, Partanna and Campobello di Mazara. Being an olive dual attitude is also produced excellent table olive. Collection by the end of September, produces an oil smell and taste particularly interesting understood and full-bodied, fruity with hints of tomato, the Valle del Belice DOP (at least 70%) and the Valleys Trapanesi DOP. It is recommended for roasts and side dishes of vegetables, both raw and cooked. It is the only product in Europe to have two PDO for the same variety: Valle del Belice for oil (OJ L 273, 21:08:04) and Nocellara del Belice for the table olive (OJ L . 15 of 21/01/98). The olive Nocellara del Belice is used for the production of Belicino, a cheese product recognized agroalmentare Traditional (PAT) Sicilian.
RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO
RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO, PALERMO, ITALIA - SICILIA
43 Km from CASALICCHIO
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.
Any cheese is produced from sheep's milk and through the same production techniques. Why, then, the Pecorino Siciliano DOP is a unique and unrepeatable excellence from outside of the source? The quality of the cheese depends on the breed and type of feeding sheep, these factors determine the amount of fat in milk. The pastures from which the flock is fed heavily branded milk product, nutrition grazing spontaneously moved to milk all the flavors and all the perfumes of the territory. Contrary to the dynamics of territoriality and tradition are the industrial processes. Feeding animals with feed and pasteurizing milk, all the aromas present in the raw material. Are obtained in this way the cheese flavor common, approved and without personality. The Sicilian pecorino DOP is made exclusively from whole sheep's milk, fresh and coagulated with lamb rennet. The milk to make cheese comes from sheep raised on pasture spontaneous. Salting is applied manually on each shape. The aging is performed in ventilated rooms naturally and is not less than 4 months. Only in this way the Sicilian pecorino DOP acquires its own personality, keeping itself all the flavors of Sicily.
The temple of Castor and Pollux and that of Vulcano, in the heart of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, is a vast green area known as the Garden of Kolymbethra .
After a long period of neglect , during which the Garden had become a thicket of brambles, in 1999 the Region of Sicily has entrusted the area to the FAI for a period of twenty-five years.
In November 2001 , after completing the campaign of restoration and landscape have restored the ancient cultures , the Italian Environmental Fund has re-opened the historic Garden to the public by ing it into the circuit to visit the Valley of the Temples , a small valley that , because of its amazing fertility , looks like the Garden of Eden or a corner of the promised land ( Abbot of Saint Non , 1778) .
The five acres of Kolymbethra offer a wide variety trees and landscaping . In the most craggy there are species typical of the Mediterranean, such as myrtle , mastic trees, oak , phillyrea , euphorbia and broom .
In the flat land of the valley , beyond the little river bordered by reeds along which grow willows and poplars white , extends the citrus grove that with lemons, mandarins and oranges of old varieties , is irrigated using the techniques of Arab tradition . Where water does not arrive, born mulberry trees, carob trees , prickly pears , almond and olive trees gigantic Saracens .
The Kolymbethra represents, for characters perception, environmental and productive , the most illustrious of arboriculture Sicilian landscape , or the irrigation of citrus . In Sicily citrus plants are called gardens in order to emphasize their beauty , as well as the productive purpose . The scent of orange blossom takes on the sense of a presence tree that is never linked only to production but also to the pleasure .
According to feedback from local farmers, until the last decades of the twentieth century was the Kolymbethra Agrumento and vegetable garden planted with and maintained the appearance of a wonderful scented garden with lemon and orange trees and planted with almond trees, olive trees , mulberry trees , pomegranates and figs ' india .
Lack of water caused it until after the abandonment all'ntervento the FAI , which provided for the care and restoration of vegetation of a time returning to the Valley of the Temples its original value , which is not only archeology , but also historical , geological, botanical and agricultural .
The temple, whose attribution to Juno is due to an erroneous interpretation of a piece of a Latin author , is built in local limestone and is situated in a dominant position at the eastern end of the Hill of the Temples.
The building of the Doric style ( 450-440 BC) , rests on a base of four steps and has six columns on the short sides and thirteen on the long sides . The interior was divided into three rooms : the central (cell ) was preceded by an entrance hall (vestibule ) and followed by a rear compartment ( opisthodomos ), the latter had two columns in front , the sides of the compartment door stood the stairs leading to the roof. The base with three steps on the bottom of the cell was added at a later date . The surface of some blocks reddened shows signs of fire perhaps due to the destruction of Akragas accomplished by the Carthaginians in 406 BC On the east side are the remains of the altar preceded by a monumental staircase of ten steps that led to the floor where he celebrated the sacrifices . Numerous renovations have been carried out since the end of the eighteenth century , when they were brushed up the columns on the north , to the ultimate static and conservative interventions for stone surfaces made by Park (POR Sicilia 2000-2006 ) . To the west of the temple is Port III - of which little remains today because of the landslide part of the rocky ridge - originally opened in a recess oblique with respect to the line of the fortifications and crossed by a roadway still visible. The defensive tem dating from the late sixth century. BC was reinforced during the fourth century . BC by the construction, in the north -east of the port and of the temple, an imposing tower of which today remains part of the collapse of the high .
Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to CAMMARATA Alia Montemaggiore Belsito Canicattė:
'SCALA DEI TURCHI'
'UVA DA TAVOLA DI CANICATTI IGP'
'VALLE DEI TEMPLI'
'REAL CASINA DI CACCIA DI FICUZZA'
'TEMPIO DELLA CONCORDIA'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE SAN CALOGERO'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DELLA FICUZZA'
'WWF: OASI TORRE SALSA'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTE CAMMARATA'
'ARANCIA ROSSA DI SICILIA'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI FAVARA E BOSCO GRANZA'
'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DELLE MADONIE'
'GROTTE DELLA GURFA'
'ARANCIA DI RIBERA D.O.P.'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA MONTI DI PALAZZO ADRIANO E VALLE DEL SOSIO'
'OLIVA NOCELLARA DEL BELICE DOP'
'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PIZZO CANE, PIZZO TRIGNA E GROTTA MAZZAMUTO'
'PECORINO SICILIANO DOP'
'FAI: GIARDINO DELLA KOLYMBETHRA'
'TEMPIO DI GIUNONE'
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.
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92022 - CAMMARATA - SICILIA - ITALIA
Area Alia Montemaggiore Belsito Canicattė
VAT Code BRSFNC38E63C356S
Altitude: 397 meters above sea level
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