Necropoli di Pantalica

Necropoli di Pantalica

Necropoli di Pantalica
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Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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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.
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OnTheRoadAgain
Dubai, United Arab Emirates30 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
This place was just amazing! It was ver serene and scenic the whole hike through. It wasn’t such a tough hike either. My wife and daughter and I had no issues getting through it. I highly recommend this place!
Written 11 March 2021
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
Sep 2020
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!
Written 13 October 2020
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prettylilly
Riverside, CA55 contributions
Oct 2019
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.
Written 2 February 2020
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efekete2018
Dunakeszi, Hungary49 contributions
Sep 2019
Beautiful place, no long queue. Easy to find and huge parking area nearby. Small waterfall can be seen also.
Written 3 October 2019
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Traveling_Seattleite
Seattle, WA80 contributions
Sep 2019
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.
Written 30 September 2019
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swimmer283
San Rafael, CA93 contributions
Sep 2019
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.
Written 29 September 2019
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Brettsue
Invercargill, New Zealand153 contributions
Sep 2019
My husband and I went here for a day trip while we were holidaying in Syracuse. Firstly, if you're driving then you need to know that the road bridge near the Ferla end is closed. We had to navigate from there through tiny, winding roads to Sortina and then approach from that end. Also, despite what your maps tell you, there aren't any toilets or other facilities here. But the scenery and the necropolis etc is all so gorgeous and totally worth a trip. There had been heavy rain when we arrived here so the steps and rocky paths were filled with water which made walking tricky, but the views were amazing. And it's free! (And we did see 1 snake but it was slithering away from us). Take your bathers and have a dip in the clear, cool stream while you're there.
Written 27 September 2019
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Larryshulman
London, UK117 contributions
Aug 2019
We visited Pantalica in late August 2019 having heard great things about the place. I had contacted a recommended guide Paulo Cavarra (p.cavarra@tin.it) and we met him in Sortino. He took us on a c.6km circular tour of Pantalica - the place is magical. Wonderful ancient tombs, Byzantine caves and ruins and amazing nature.

Thoroughly recommend Pantalica and Paulo
Written 2 September 2019
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
May 2019
The limestone gorge is formed by the two rivers and is pitted with ancient rock-gouged tombs, dwelling places and temples, occupied from antiquity. The colours and hues are remarkable
Written 13 August 2019
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g_de_gooyer
Veenendaal, The Netherlands118 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Beautiful cave with the old graves
Walking from Ferla in to the clough is amazing. A lot of flowers (it is spring) the old graves in the walls, the water of the river it makes it complete. You need good shoes and a GPS will help you because some parts of the route are destroyed in winter time.
It give a good idea about the power of a small river.
Written 16 July 2019
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