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Private tour of the rocky necropolis of Pantalica

Availability: From Monday to Saturday
Duration: 3 hours
Language: English, Italian, German
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Visit Pantalica, a Unesco world heritage site
  • Discover a prehistoric rocky necropolis
  • Have a relaxing hike in the Anapo valley nature reserve
What to expect

Discover Pantalica, a unique archaeological site and nature reserve near Syracuse. This half-day tour with a private guide lets you discover the impressive rocky necropolis of Pantalica, a Unesco world heritage. You will also hike along the Anapo valley and enjoy its beautiful sights. The duration and difficulty of the tour are flexible.

Meet your guide in Ferla (a small village near Syracuse) at 9:30 am and reach the beautiful reserve of Pantalica, a prehistoric Unesco archaeological site. You'll be able to choose several trails with different length and difficulties to visit the highlights of Pantalica. Your visit will start at the Filiporto necropolis; here you will learn about the Anapo nature reserve and enjoy an impressive panorama of the canyon. Follow your guide along an easy natural path (about 10 minutes long) and explore the medieval San Micidiario church and the village cut in the rocks. Depending on your preferences the tour can continue along the pathway or you can return to the starting point and take the car. Next, you will see the famous rocky necropolis, cut by the Sikels in the walls of the canyon. There are over 5000 rock-cut tombs in Pantalica. Our guide will tell you about the ancient inhabitants of Sicily and the past archaeological digs. The tour will then continue with a visit to the Anaktoron on the top of the Pantalica plateau, also known as the "palace of the prince".

The last part of the tour will take you to the small valley of the Calcinara creek. You'll be able to see the small village Sortino on the other side of the canyon and, on clear days, Mt. Etna. Our guide will invite you to go down along a scenic pathway. During the hike, you'll visit the medieval Crocifisso rock cut oratory and admire the impressive view of the north necropolis and the bat grotto. You will reach the lovely Calcinara river and refresh.
After a break to enjoy the shade near the cool water of the river you'll return to the car to end your visit.

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What's included
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
What's not included
  • Transport

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 40, 96010 Ferla SR, Italy

Meeting point:

Meeting point with the guide in Ferla (via Vittorio Emanuele / Piazza San Sebastiano), near the churches. You will need your own car to move from Ferla to Pantalica.

What to remember

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes are required
  • A water bottle is recommended
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or in a wheelchair
  • The tour is subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or a full refund
  • The tour is open to private groups of minimum 2 and maximum 25 people
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  • From the 16th of June to the 31st of August at 4:30 pm
  • From 1st of September to the 30th of September at 3:30 pm
  • From the 1st of October to the 15th of June at 9:30 am
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Cancellation policy
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