Riserva Naturale fiume Ciane

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dr_peace
Funchal, Portugal230 contributions
Off the beaten track
Oct 2020
We read about Fiume Ciane, but could hardly find any information how to get there and what to do. It is possible to do this without a car. We rented bicycles in Siracusa and went down the heavily trafficked road towards the river. Just before the Daphne Restaurant there is a yacht boat club.

We inquired to rent canoes which was possible for 10 Euro/h. There are 3 waterways to go. The wide one on the right is uninteresting. The canal on the left side gets rather long and jungley, right into nature, not bad. The one in the middle is the actual Fiume Ciana, but we could not go that far, since some trunks and wood blocked the passage.

So we returned. Got onto the main road by bicycle over the bridge and tried to find the bridge over the Fiume Ciane. We found the walkway, parked our bicycles and walked the whole path to the spring of the Fiume Ciane. Papyrus plants everywhere, nobody in sight. What a peaceful landscape, I felt like a pharao. One of the highlights in Syracuse.
Written October 12, 2020
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ExcursionToronto
London, UK28 contributions
A lovely stroll : Papyrus along the Ciane
May 2018 • Solo
A relaxing, enjoyable, almost level walk along the Ciane River near the ancient City of Syracuse. Starting as a limestone spring, the Ciane's short meanders empties into the Porte Grande at Syracuse. This area is rich in Papyrus, which was introduced by the Ptelomies who made a gift of it to Siracusan tyrant Hieron II. The best times to visit are in the early morning or late afternoon.

LENGTH OF WALK:
3.4 miles (5.5km). Allow 2 hours.

TAKE:
Light hiking boots, water and food. (Good picnic spots).

GETTING THERE BY CAR:
From Syracuse, take the SS115 towards Cassible. Once you've crossed the bridges over the Ciane River and Mammaiabica Canal, turn right onto the small road running parallel with the canal. Cross the railway line and park at the bridge over the canal where the road is closed to traffic.
Or to reach the source of the Ciane, take the SP14 towards Canicattini and turn left on the SR3, following the brown signs for "Fonte Ciane". Park after 3km at a wooden kiosk, where the entrance to the "Villa dei Papiri" is.

THE WALK:
Cross the bridge over the Mammaiabica Canal and head north for 160m to another bridge, this one is over the Ciane River. (sign: Riserva natural Fiume Ciane e Saline di Siracusa) Don't Cross this bridge, take the path heading left beside the river.

After a pleasant stroll where Papyrus grows in thick clumps along the banks, you'll reach an old mooring, a nice spot for a picnic in the half-shade of the tall ash trees.

A few steps further upstream you encounter the first of four arched bridges. Keep to the southern side of the river. If the path has been cleared, you should be able to reach the fourth bridge. Cross it and follow the trail marked with wooden poles, to a circular pool, the source of the Ciane. 1 hour. Then retrace your steps to your car (2 hours).
Written May 12, 2018
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Rosa M
Beverly Hills, CA11 contributions
There's nothing like nature
Aug 2016 • Couples
This natural reserve is the most beautiful we visited in the region. You must visit this place if you like nature.
Written September 28, 2016
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BampaOwl
Dunblane, UK191 contributions
Lovely Peaceful Boat Trip, and pleasant walk
May 2015 • Couples
We really enjoyed this boat trip on a warm day at the end of May. The river water was amazingly clear, the papyrus is fascinating, and while we saw no exceptional wildlife there were interesting ducks and lovely birdsong.

There were just two of us plus a French couple - no commentary to speak of. An explanatory leaflet would be a good idea.

At the far end of the trip upstream there is opportunity to walk around and get a better view of some rather ornate reservoirs that were built for water supply. They may repay further examination, though there were no obvious paths.

On a subsequent day we drove to Fonte di Ciane (the source of the river) - a case of driving in ever-decreasing circles, it seemed. We then walked downstream along the river on a well-signposted path, eventually reaching the reservoir again. About a 90 minute walk, I think. Then back upstream to the car park. A very nice walk, though not much shade - to avoid in the heat of a summer's day!
Written February 16, 2016
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KeHin
44 contributions
Beautiful excursion, peaceful and idyllic.
Aug 2015 • Family
We booked this trip via the sellers on the road bridge into Ortigia just half an hour before we went on it. We were the only family on the trip so there were just us 3 and 2 crew members on the boat. After sailing across the sea, we went down the tree-lined river and had the opportunity to get off the boat for a 20-minute walk. Beautiful experience.
Written August 31, 2015
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MestaChios
London, UK237 contributions
Boat Trip on Ciane - see Papyrus
Jul 2015 • Family
We could find little information about this boat trip online before we left, so we were not sure how to find it etc. I also suspect there is more than one company offering trips, so that probably adds to the confusion! The company we found was on the SS115 (about 5km before Syracuse). We were driving north towards Syracuse and the entrance was on the right hand side of the road. (We nearly missed it because there were brown tourist signs to the Nature Reserve pointing to the left!) You park on the verge of the road (plenty of space), walk through the gate and you are there. It was 12 euros per adult. They have a 3 person minimum, so to make our trip viable (without an unknown wait) we paid full price for our son. I am guessing if a couple turned up they would take 36 euro and you could set off without delay. The boats are capable of holding about 12/15 people, so it was lovely to have it all to ourselves.
The trip first takes you down to the estuary with lovely views across to Ortigia - herons swooping and fish jumping. The boat then turns up a narrow tributary - this is really lovely. Lots of shade and overhanging trees - one could see large fish swimming by the boat and geese nesting on the banks. In the heat of the summer this was a cool idyll. You stop at a weir, where you get out for 10/15min to see the Papyrus beds. (Papyrus only grows wild in 2 places in Europe - this is one and the other is also in Sicily). Then the return trip via the same route. The whole trip takes about 1 hour.
Written July 30, 2015
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CheshireCat_8
Manchester92 contributions
Beautiful peaceful place for a stroll
Jun 2015 • Couples
The source of the river - a pool fringed by huge papyrus - is beautiful. The riverside walk is pretty. Makes a nice contrast with all the arid mountainous countryside further inland.
Written June 29, 2015
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Konstantin F
Switzerland1,085 contributions
More interesting by foot, more relaxing by boat
Sep 2014 • Couples
We took the boat excursion on the Ciane river, which, although not reaching the river springs offers a good idea of the flora and fauna of this natural reserve. The departure of the boat is not scheduled, the trips occur whenever there are at least 3 passengers. The entrance is on the SS115 road, after leaving Syracuse on your left hand side. One can easily miss the entrance gate.
Written September 18, 2014
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Ambra_PO
Lyon, France145 contributions
Unique in Europe
May 2014 • Family
A natural reserve were you can find real papyrus growing naturally... nevertheless... do not go to the Sorgenti del Ciane, as there is not much to see... go to the east part of the river as there is a really nice view. Or even better take a walk along the river (about 3 km !) and count 2-3 hours to see everything with no rush.
Written May 27, 2014
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Jan W
Norwich, UK17 contributions
Wonderful Reserve but walk - don't take the boat!
Jun 2013 • Couples
Mullet leaping from the water, croaking frogs, stone flies, butterflies, birds and beautiful trees. I wish I'd had time to go back and walk it thoroughly, because after walking from the coast road, along the beach and back, we foolishly took the boat. The boat trip would be magical if it was quiet and slow. As it was, we rushed up the river scaring the birds that we could only glimpse in the distance. I would wholly recommend a slow walk along the whole length.

As to that boat ride: it's the most wasted EUR 12 I've ever spent! As a jolly boat trip it might be worth EUR 3, as nature excursion it's an expensive waste of time. I shall be writing to the park authority recommending that the revoke the boat operator's licence.
Written June 10, 2013
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