The Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica in Sicily, Italy


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SyracuseIf you are staying in the Siracusa area and fancy a good walk with a difference, we recommend you head up to Sortino or Ferla in the Iblei mountains and explore the “Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica”, one of Sicily's many UNESCO Heritage Sites.

Home to some 5,000 burial chambers of considerable archaeological interest, Pantalica is also a place of great natural beauty, a deep limestone ravine carved out over millennia by the Anapo and Calcinara rivers.

The steep sides of the gorge give way to a fertile valley that supports a flourishing variety of flora including holm oaks, wild sage and thyme, giant fennel and plane-trees. The fauna is no less impressive and you might well see foxes, porcupines, hares, kingfishers and peregrine falcons.

The tombs themselves pepper the sides of the canyon and are an impressive sight. Built in two main periods between the 13th and the 8th Centuries BC, they are relatively small in size and either elliptical or rectangular in shape.

There are two main entrances to the valley, one from near Sortino, and the other from Ferla. The former involves a good walk down the sides of the gorge while the latter is more of a gentle stroll along a well-beaten path.

Whether you go out of archaeological interest or for the unspoilt natural beauty you will come away feeling that you’ve discovered something really special.

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Good ThinkingIf you're going walking in Pantalica, take some water with you. For guided excusrions on horseback in the area, try the Pantalica Ranch near Sortino, tel +39 0931 924130

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