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Pantalica

Necropolis of Pantalica, Sortino, Syracuse, Italy, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #146 of 1,031 attractions in Sicily
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cemeteries
Activities: Walking, Hiking
Owner description: Hiking in the magical Anapo river valley, you come upon steep cliff sides that are dotted with thousands of rock-cut tombs dating from the 13th... more » Owner description: Hiking in the magical Anapo river valley, you come upon steep cliff sides that are dotted with thousands of rock-cut tombs dating from the 13th century BC. « less
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Vancouver, Canada
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127 reviews 127 reviews
36 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This could be the local version of the Grand Canyon. Whether you enter from the Sortino or Ferla side you will be treated to a pleasant walk down well marked and not too challenging paths to a cool fresh pool fed by underground streams. If you have had your fill of Baroque churches, this 2 hour excursion in nature could... More

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Catania, Italy
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Unfortunately it is very difficult to reach without a car. Once you get there the view on the canyon from the entrance of Sortino is my favorite spot in Sicily. If you are adventurous a perfect place to spend a day in the wilderness.

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Moscow, Russia
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7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We where in a road trip in Sicily, which i believe is the best way to enjoy the island, and we came across, just by chance, with Reserva Naturale Pantalica. It was amazing. we left the car, and got on to our trekking boots to explore the area. Nature is exuberant. the different paths lead you to antique Byzantine caves.... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Great hiking and a beautiful site, with a refreshing dive at the end. Enjoyed the walk through the valley. Unless we didnt have the right shoes on.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This is a wonderful walk but the authorities could perhaps help by providing some sort of map to take with you rather than relying on map at the entrance. Stout shoes are really needed and drinking water as has been mentioned - there was very little shade where we walked. The river at the bottom is absolutely beautiful, tranquil -... More

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Australian in rural Victoria
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58 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Pantalica is an area of canyons and necropoli. There are various entrances to the park. We came via Ferla where you follow the road for 9 km out of town following brown signs to Pantalica. We drove right to the end of the road, past some other parking areas for Pantalica, to a parking area for Necropoli Nord. From here,... More

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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Beautiful canyon, but it is not so easy to find - the way it is poorly signposted. Outside the main tourist season you can be completely yourself :-) In the canyon there is no drinking water and no refreshments. Swimming is prohibited - but no one checked. The canyon closes in the evening, but if you continue, easy to get... More

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Düsseldorf
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Pantalica is a beautiful Canyon like area with an ancient background and a wonderful landscape which you can discover from different sides of the park each of which leads to different destinations. In my opinion the easiest way to find the park is to drive to Ferla and then travel along Strada regionale 11. We came from Noto and needed... More

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13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My main reason for writing this review is to try and capture some of the details on finding this place, so people can get there more easily. The necropolis was carved in cliffs in a river gorge, over a vast area, which is part of a nature reserve called "Riserva Naturale Orientata Pantalica, Valle dell'Anapo, Torrente Cava Grande". I didn't... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Take the exit of the A18 into Sortino, then follow the signs to the gorge. Keep driving until you see a dead end. The man in the booth will give you a map. We followed the first section of the trail down to the river (North Necropolis). It is very nice with a view of the necropoli and the river... More

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