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Large bus tours usually take visitors to the Etna visitor center and easily accessible craters, but this tour offers a small, personalized exploration of other parts of the mountain. Travel in a 4WD vehicle or minivan to areas inaccessible by larger transport, and visit the Valle del Bove, a canyon-like depression with an interesting landscape, and the Silvestri Craters. The tour also includes exploration of a lava cave.
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Ana L wrote a review Oct 2020
Navan, Ireland2,683 contributions1,021 helpful votes
There are several tracks going through this site, depending on your interest and time. A visit of 1h is enough to visit some tombs. To get a better visit, and also enjoy the stunning views over the valley, I recommend taking the track that goes through the old railway. It takes around 2.5, 3h. You can even enjoy a swim in the river!
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Date of experience: September 2020
prettylilly wrote a review Feb 2020
Riverside, California55 contributions43 helpful votes
For travelers who have the time, Pantalica is well worth arranging. Properly done, it is a full day trip from Siracusa or Noto. We had the services of Carlo Montesanti, who is extremely knowledgeable about the archaeology and natural history of this ancient necropolis and good company as well. (He was recommended by another guide, who claimed that Carlo was THE expert on Pantalica.) Although the 4,000 or so tombs, dating as far back as the 13th century BC are the initial attraction, Pantalica's story continues through the classical era and into the medievall and modern Christian era. In addition, this is wild and beautiful area and makes for a great hike.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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efekete2018 wrote a review Oct 2019
Dunakeszi, Hungary49 contributions48 helpful votes
Beautiful place, no long queue. Easy to find and huge parking area nearby. Small waterfall can be seen also.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Traveling_Seattleite wrote a review Sep 2019
Seattle, Washington80 contributions43 helpful votes
We spent a half-day plus in the necropolis and Anaktoron. We hired Paulo Cavarra as our guide (you can find him at Pantalica Experience on Facebook and online - we certainly recommend him). We met him at Sortino at an easy to find location (especially if you have a navigation system - we were using Google Maps and it worked great for us throughout Sicily and Malta), then he drove us to the Pantalica necropolis and Anaktoron, which I'd specifically mentioned we wanted to see. I have very bad knees and we could not, for instance, do a 2 mile hike in to see some of the burial chambers that were deep in the park, but we drove to two different locations, got out and hiked far enough in to get to see a church, several very faint paintings, and a number of caves that had become homes later on in two different locations in the park, as well as stairways and paths between them, etc. Then I waited by one such location while my husband and Paulo hiked down to the river to cool off and do a bit of wading (no time for full swim with our timeline). We also got to spend time at Anaktoron, which doesn't really look like much compared to, say, Segesta or Selinunte, but I swear you can feel the age of the place, and the views from it are lovely. It's also very peaceful and we had the place literally all to ourselves. No one else seen or heard during the 20-30 minutes we were there. I considered it well worth the stop. Paulo was an attentive and considerate guide, keeping the pace slow enough for me to keep up, stopping for a moment when I needed to rest (I am not in the best physical condition), showing us edible plants, and several critters he ran across, as well as telling us the history of everything we saw, and pointing out things we would otherwise have missed. Once we were done, we stopped at Ferla (the other end of the park, which we'd wound up going to given my physical limitations) for a quick water and coffee break before he took us on back to Sortino. I can certainly recommend him as a guide, and recommend Pantalica as a nice change of pace and scenery from the coast, and a wonderful place to see and explore Bronze age ruins. The museum in Syracusa has a number of items that were found in Pantalica in it - it's a nice museum - I recommend it, too, if you have time (note that it is a decent little walk from the Syracusa archaeological park, though certainly doable). Paolo also has thoughts on the museum, so if you are thinking of going to it, you might ask for those thoughts so you have them when you go.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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swimmer283 wrote a review Sep 2019
San Rafael, California93 contributions88 helpful votes
We hired Paolo Cavarra (Pantalica Experience) to guide us through Pantalica Nature Reserve and it was a fantastic experience. We met him In Sortino, a village quite close to one of the Pantalica entrance gates. He led us down the gorge, pointing out the necropolis from prehistoric times, as well as flora and fauna. We visited an ancient "church" dug into the rocks. We finished up with an invigorating plunge into cold spring water. It was such a great way to take a break from the city.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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