Pantalica

Pantalica: where nature and history merge

Pantalica is a place where history blends with the harmony of nature in an atmosphere of peace and quiet. Over the centuries, the two rivers, the Calcinara to the north and the Anapo to the south, silent witnesses to human presence, have carved out the rock and created waterfalls, ravines and small lakes. The stages of humankind’s technical and cultural evolution survive in this unspoiled and primitive environment, which has preserved its identity over time.
Pantalica : natura e storiaA source of inspiration for intellectuals and travellers, such as the poet Salvatore Quasimodo  or the art historian Cesare Brandi , the Pantalica reserve preserves a fascination unchanged over time, animated by mysteries and legends, such as Ovid’s tale about the origin of the Anapo river.
In the Anapo valley, where you can immediately smell the strong scent of orange blossom, the buzzing of flies and bumblebees breaks the silence, as does the rustling of lizards and iguanas crawling among the leaves. The sound of the river accompanies human footsteps along the paths, while hawks and buzzards soar above the peaks of Pantalica, almost as if guarding this place and observing its visitors from above.
The cultural stratifications of Pantalica are reflected in the extraordinary biodiversity of this valley, which explodes in a riot of colour and smell: plane trees , oleanders, poplars, willows, daisies, cyclamen and orchids silently populate this place.

The functions of Castello Maniace

King Hyblon’s kingdom: Pantalica, between history and legend

The Jews, a wandering people

The Culture of Pantalica

Roman Syracuse, a military power thanks to the genius of Archimedes

The Athenaion of the tyrant Gelon

Traces of Christianity in Syracuse

The Roman Amphitheatre

Piazza del Duomo, a sacred place of the ancient Greeks

The Altar of Hieron II: Blood and fire place

The Dionysian Walls: a masterpiece of Greek engineering

Giudecca, the hidden Jewish heart of Syracuse

Crypt of San Marciano

Castello Maniace

The Greek Theatre of Syracuse

Ortygia. Venus rising from the waters of the port

The architecture of the Piazza

The Gladiator performances

Pantalica: where nature and history merge

The cultural significance of tragedy

The Cathedral of Syracuse

Legends and magic echoes in the Latomie of Syracuse

Temple of Apollo

The Ear of Dionysius and the Grotta dei Cordari

The Senatorial Palace

Inside the Cathedral of Ortygia

Neapolis from past to present

The Church of San Giovanni alle Catacombe

Syracuse during the tyranny of Dionysius

Byzantine Pantalica

The Euryalus Fortress

The Museion and the Grotta del Ninfeo

The Church of St. Lucia to the Abbey

The Spanish fortification

The catacombs of San Giovanni

Where seas and civilisations meet

The Venationes