Take in a Slice of Old Sicily

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Take in a Slice of Old Sicily

Take in a Slice of Old Sicily

Prepare to catch a glimpse of early civilization, dating from the 13th century to the 7th century B.C. The Pantalica Gorge is home to one of the oldest archaeological sites in Sicily, featuring about 5,000 rock-carved Neolithic tombs nestled in the canyon walls. On a plateau between the southeastern towns of Ferla and Sortino, the "Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica" is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll see an area that served as a home to settlers who fled the coasts for the protection of the hills. Burial chambers and cave dwellings dot the canyon, which overlooks a limestone ravine carved by the Anapo and Calcinara rivers and a striking valley. You might see rabbits, porcupines, foxes, lizards, falcons or butterflies amid lush vegetation that includes fennel, wild sage and oak trees.

Enter from Ferla to find a well-worn, gradual trail; the out-and-back hike takes about three hours. Get a map to plot your route at the entrance booth.

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