Villaggio Bizantino di Vallone Canalotto

Villaggio Bizantino di Vallone Canalotto, Calascibetta

Villaggio Bizantino di Vallone Canalotto

Villaggio Bizantino di Vallone Canalotto
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Ancient Ruins • Historic Walking Areas • Religious Sites
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
A place where archeology and nature, history and landscape intertwine harmoniously... An ancient rocky settlement, which stands between century old trees and stately conifers, where tombs, pigeon coops, ancient wineries, an arabic qanat, and a Byzantine stone church are still evident among these majestic rock walls. Histories of the diverse races of people who followed each other here from prehistoric times are engraved into the civil, religious, and funerary rock of its architecture. Nature and its landscape, in which the Byzantine Village is located, is outstanding. It is immersed in a forest of eucalyptus and pine trees on the higher slopes, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the Morello Valley and its lake while below in the valley, you find yourself in the lush Vallone Canalotto among ancient springs and Mediterranean scrub flora and plants which the ancient inhabitants of this place used for healing, nutrition or for their magical rituals. We recommend to book in advance.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Robb H
New York City, NY924 contributions
Fantastic learning experience.
Sep 2019
Gianluca makes all the difference. He is a totally committed guide who care for, and about this sanctuary. It felt like a university level archeology course.

Definitely arrange for his services ahead of time in order to appreciate the site.
Written October 8, 2019
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Claude1food
Epsom, UK28 contributions
Beautiful Experience
Oct 2019
Such a marvellous experience to visit this historic and delicate place. And to have such a devoted guide as Gianluca who has grown up and dedicated himself to the area made it a memorable day.
Being in such an almost remote area makes it quite magical, with the presence of owls and porcupines! Yes we couldn't believe it until Gianluca's expert eyes found quils lying on the ground and evidence of battle between 2 males.
The various caves have a changing history through millenia, all of which were described to us and also the fragility of the rock. In some places limestone, with seashells easily visible, so amazing this proves it was once seabed even though we were hundreds oh metres above sea level.
But please, if you visit this enchanted place, show it respect. Not like the callous 'Ivan' carving his name in a disgusting act of vandalism to violate this thousand year old treasure.
Written October 6, 2019
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peugeot1306
Mons, Belgium10 contributions
magnifico
Aug 2019 • Family
one of the only place ' in sicily you can find so much about byzantine period
located in calascibetta (enna province) in the true sicily area. close to the realmese necropole.
Written August 4, 2019
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gsm018
27 contributions
Quiet visit in the forest - excellent
Oct 2018 • Couples
Super friendly welcoming volunteers and dogs keen to make new friends. Wear insect repellent. Closest thing to Mesa Verde in the US we have seen in Europe so far albeit a small example and walkable area. Easy from Enna although the SS road to the North coast was closed as of November 2018 dead ending north of this site. Lovely spot and peaceful (out of season anyway). Not a fully polished tourist experience and all the better for it. Woodland valley walk is not particularly wheelchair or baby push chair friendly (but hard to see how this would be easily achieved without damaging the site. Requires dropping down to strada bianchi level roads from the already iffy SS roads. Consider the weather. Our hired fiat 500 was a bit unhappy.
Written November 10, 2018
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Thanks a lot for your nice words, your excellent valuation and all the usable informations for other visitors! Hisn al-Giran
Written May 27, 2019
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Barb B
2 contributions
A tucked away Gem if Sicily
Aug 2018 • Solo
What an amazing place to visit period you seriously need to see it to believe it because it is so unbelievable beautiful. the fact that you can actually coming up and go into the different levels of caves makes it all that more special. It's a bit of a hike on uneven ground so I would recommend getting one of the walking sticks they provide for free. It's free entry they just for a donation. Be sure to wear proper walking shoes to make it easier
Written August 11, 2018
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Thanks a lot for your nice words and your usable descriptions and informations! Hisn al-Giran
Written May 27, 2019
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pdxtravelbugpdx
Portland, OR3 contributions
Highlight of our trip
May 2018 • Couples
My husband and I prearranged a guided tour of the site with Gianluca (via email), and it was a really fantastic experience. I can’t say enough good things about it. Gianluca grew up in the area and was able to provide great insight and information about the site with a clear passion for the place and its history. The setting is not only beautiful, but the caves themselves are fascinating and are really brought to life by the explanations. It was definitely a highlight of our trip in Sicily.

The hike itself is not long or strenuous (and there are many stops), but it is a bit overgrown in parts and a little steep/rocky in very short sections. Hiking or trekking shoes are recommended and they offer walking sticks if you want them. The location is not difficult to find, but the road out there is one lane so you have to drive slowly and honk when going around turns or over hills. Despite this, the experience was totally worth it.

Takeaway: Highly recommended. Be sure to arrange a tour in advance (via email or phone).
Written May 16, 2018
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MrBeery
Taunton, England, United Kingdom25 contributions
Excellent atmospheric visit
May 2018 • Couples
We arranged our visit with one of the official volunteer guides, Gianlucca on +393283748553. He met us there along with another couple. I used the Google Maps location which was correct although I had to manually put it into my Tomtom. Gianlucca was a truly excellent guide. He obviously has a passion for the subject and really bought to life the long history and uses of the various cave like rooms. It is a beautiful peaceful location with views down into the valley. One of the highlights of our holiday.
Written May 6, 2018
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Kenza B
Breda, The Netherlands21 contributions
Wonderful
Apr 2018 • Family
My son and I had a very nice day. To make a 10 years old so enthousiastic about an archeologic site that he wants to come back says it all!! Thank you for your vivid explanations and for the nice things we learned about different plants and wildlife.
Keep on the good work with looking after your wonderful past. Greetings Sabine and Julian.
Written April 30, 2018
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Many thanks Sabine, it was wonderful and gratifying to see you and Julian so fascinated and curious. Thank you!
Written May 18, 2018
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Alessia T
Sicily, Italy29 contributions
Unexpectedly wonderful
Mar 2018 • Friends
Despite living nearby I was totally oblivious of the existence of this place, but now that I've visited it I want to say to everybody to go there! I was amazed by the incredible landscape and view, but above all I've loved every cave. It was like returning children. If you love nature and archaeology, please, go
Written March 12, 2018
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arnaudlemaire33
Paris, France2 contributions
very interesting visit, especially if you like history and archeology
Aug 2017 • Friends
Very interesting visit, Gianluca knows his subject very well and introduces you to the peculiar history of an amazing archeological place. You learn a lot out of this visit. I recommend it
Written August 24, 2017
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Villaggio Bizantino di Vallone Canalotto is open:
  • Sat - Sun 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM