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Pantalica: Rocky Necropolis and Nature Reserve Private Tour

Product ID: 157728
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Visit Pantalica, an unique archaeological site and nature reserve near Syracuse. This half-day tour with a private guide lets you discover an impressive prehistoric necropolis and the Anapo valley nature reserve.
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Highlights
  • Visit Pantalica with a private guide, the best solution for a tailor-made service
  • Enjoy the Anapo valley nature reserve
  • Discover the impressive prehistoric necropolis with its rocky tombs
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Meet the guide in Ferla (a small village near Syracuse) and reach Pantalica, a prehistoric archaeological site in Unesco's world heritage list and also a beautiful nature reserve. There are several trails with different length and difficulties to visit the highlights of Pantalica: you can choose the best trail for your family or party together with the experienced guide.

The tour starts at the Filiporto necropolis where it's possible to learn about the Anapo nature reserve and enjoy an impressive panorama of the canyon. The guide will lead you along an easy nature path, about 10 minutes walk, to explore the medieval San Micidiario church and the village cut in the rocks. Depending on your preferences the tour continues along the pathway or it's possible to return to the starting point and take the car/minivan to move to the next highlight.

The visit continues with the famous rocky necropolis, cut by the Sikels in the walls of the canyon. There are over 5000 rock cut tombs in Pantalica. The guide will tell you about the ancient inhabitants of Sicily and about the past archaeological digs. Near the north-east necropolis there is the Anaktoron on the top of the Pantalica plateau. It's also known as the "palace of the prince". Today it's only possible to admire the megalithic stone blocks of this 3500 years old building. The last part of the tour continues in the small valley of the Calcinara creek. On the other side of the canyon the small village Sortino is visible and, on clear days, Mt. Etna can be seen as well. The guide will lead down along a scenic pathway in the canyon. During the hike you will visit the medieval Crocifisso rock cut oratory and admire the view of the north necropolis, the most impressive one, and the bat grotto. There will be a refreshing break at the Calcinara river, to enjoy the shade near the cool water of the river. After the break the guide will take you back to the car.
Includes
  • Private guide
What’s Not Included
  • Transport
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point with the guide in Ferla (via Vittorio Emanuele / piazza San Sebastiano), near the churches. - GPS: 37.117413 N | 14.940922 E Own car is needed to move from Ferla to Pantalica

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair, for children under 4 year, or pregnant women.

This tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
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Hermes Sicily Tours

Product ID: 157728