Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande, Syracuse

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Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande, Syracuse - Address, Phone Number

Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

Phone: +39-093167450

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Time Required: 08:00 Hrs

Timings: 07:30 am - 07:00 pm Details

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Outdoors, Cave, Mountain, Trail, Hiking Trail, Nature, Bird Watching

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If nature is what you love, the Riserva Naturale Orientata Cavagrande del Cassibile is just where you need to head to when in Syracuse. The huge reserve covers 2700 hectares of lush green mountains, caves and ponds in the towns of Noto, Syracuse and Avola and was established to preserve not just the endogenic species of flora and fauna but also to maintain the anthropological history of the city. The reserve has innumerable tombs and is divided into Zone A and Zone B.

The Sicani people were the first to inhabit this place and in the 13th century BC the powerful population belonging to Sicily took refuge here for its natural terrain that provided effective defence. The Cassible river is a historic site in itself and offers a canyon view like no other in Italy while the small Pond of cavagrande is where you can find a small monastery during your hike through the reserve.

Other highlights of the place include:

  • Grotto of the brigands
  • Endemic birds of Sicily spotted here- especially the Codibugnolo
  • Famous hiking trails around the reserves including the Diary trail, Scala Cruci, Scale of Fossus Calcagno and the Ladies Ladder trail 

Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande Information

  • Carry ample of bottled drinking water and snacks.
  • Wear sturdy shoes for the hike.
  • Camping and Fire is not allowed on the reserve. 

Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande Ticket Prices

  • You have to pay an admission fee at the Belvedere Trailhead. For precise admission fee, visit the official website or call up the reserve. 

Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande Opening and Closing Hours

  • Recommended time of arrival is 8.00 am to 10.00  am.
  • Call up the place for reserve timings. 

How To reach Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande by Public Transport

  • On Foot
  • By renting electrical bicycle/ bike/ scooter/ car

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  • We visited during the UK October half term so relatively quiet here. A sign at the top prohibited entry and warned of falling rocks and the gate to the path was locked, probably due to public liability concerns. However we were assured that the path was okay by a walker who was on his way up. So we climbed the gate and had a very pleasant 45 minute walk each way to the canyon and pools below. So proceed at your own risk. The path was rocky under foot and slippery down by the pools so take care. We paddled in the pools and did not swim because it wasn’t the warmest of days.

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  • One of the best natural places I found in Sicily, with few people, amazing nature and clear water you can even drink! A small paradise reachable with 45 minutes of walk from the parking (320m of descent)

  • Excellent. You should really go with a guide, it's much better that way. The main passage is closed due to the falling rocks though you can 'bypass' locked gate by climbing onto the path but I wouldn't recommend it. It's a bit risky, and as you're theoretically breaking the law you wouldn't be covered by insurance should you have an accident.

  • This place is a must see. Beautiful fresh water pools to swim in and have lunch by. It is however a bit of a hike to get down to them and back. Quite rocky. I recommend wearing appropriate shoes for the walk and allow at least 35mins for the walk down and 1hour for the walk up.

  • Gorgeous lake. Super steep and at times slippery descent - took us about 45mins to reach the bottom - coming up was actually easier. Would not advise this for anyone unfit or not good with balancing

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