A journey to Pantalica

Pantalica and air. The skies of Pantalica: from hawks to bats

The sound of the river flowing accompanies human footsteps along the paths of Pantalica, while peregrine falcons and buzzards soar above the peaks of the necropolis. The birds are the guardians of this sacred place and observe its visitors from afar. Among the numerous birds that populate the skies, you can also spot eagles and hoopoes, whitethroated dippers and a few examples of common kingfishers . Meanwhile, near the northern necropolis, you will find the famous Grotta dei Pipistrelli (Bat Cave). It is the largest natural cave in Pantalica. Those who enter find themselves in a dark, damp and silent place!
Grotta dei PipistrelliIts silence is interrupted only by large drops of water falling from the stalactites and forming small puddles on the ground, and above all, by the noise of the bats, whose disorderly flight imitates the rustling of the wind.

Neapolis and the water element. The Nymphaeum

Giudecca and fire. Cooking and the Jewish religion

Neapolis and fire. The Altar of Hieron and the sacrificial fire

The Cathedral of Syracuse

The fountain of Diana in Piazza Archimede

Pantalica and air. The skies of Pantalica: from hawks to bats

Pantalica and the earth element

A journey to Pantalica

The interior of the Cathedral of Syracuse

The Neapolis

Ortygia and the air element. The Gods of Olympus and the Temple of Apollo.



Ortygia and the earth element. Piazza del Duomo: discovering the origins.

Giudecca and water. The ritual baths: the Casa Bianca mikveh

Nature in Neapolis

Giudecca and the earth element. Between gardens and artisan workshops

Pantalica and water: the Myth of the Anapo River

Neapolis and the air element. The Ear of Dionysius

Giudecca and air. The Basilica of San Giovannello

Ortygia and water. The Fountain of Arethusa

The naumachiae: naval battles at the theatre

Neapolis and the earth element. Places of performance: the Greek theatre and the Roman amphitheatre

Ortygia and fire. Archimedes and the invention of the burning mirrors

Pantalica and fire. The Metal Age: objects from the culture of Pantalica