Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande
- Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
- Phone: +39-093167450
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 08:00 Hrs
- Tags: Mountain, Trail, Nature
Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande - Review
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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95% of people who visit Syracuse include Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
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Oriented Nature Reserve Cavagrande, Syracuse Reviews
Beautiful place to visit! There is confusing information as to whether the main route is closed or not - it did not appear to be so follow the directions provided by google. You have two choices : 1) Park in the field of a private farm where they charge you 3€ - someone stands in the road and flags you down. 2) If you don’t want to pay 3€ go a little further down the road to the main entrance. Advantage of Option 1 is that it is a lot quieter. Routes A and B are easy and can be navigated even with small children. There is only one natural pool but it’s quieter and beautiful. Advantage of Option 2 more pools to choose from but a lot busier. Tips: go early! Opens at 8am. Take your own food and drink to picnic by the pools which are great to swim in. You should wear proper walking shoes for the walk down and up.
A very beautiful canyon with many waterfalls. Possibility to swim. It takes a lot of effort to go down and then back up again - at least 30-40 minutes each time. But it's definitely worth it. There are many people during high season, but the area is large and there is room for everybody. Don't forget your camera!
Great place for a dip in fresh water. Place is very clean and water is as fresh as can be. Early morning visit is recommended before it starts getting busy with other tourists. Accessibility is quite difficult as the pathway is quite long and full of obstacles. Also main gate in front of restaurant is locked but one can jump over it with the help of an improvised access having some plastic boxes on top of each other so at to be used as stairs. Hardest part is the way up, which can take between 40 to 60 mins depending on your fitness level as well as on the weather conditions.
Beautiful canyon with pretty waterfalls and rocky ponds. The official website says the main route down is closed and advises on a different hiking track. As we arrived at the main parking lot we found out that people were still using the main track (just climbing over the fence, someone placed crates for this). Even the restaurant owner told us we could use the path down. Wear good, closed hiking shoes, the path down is quite steep and has loose rocks and sand. Try to enjoy the view, it is very beautiful! Bring enough water on hot days and take your time going back up again! Information is very poor, but the gorge is gorgeous!
The place is officially closed, but all people just cross the gate. It takes about 40minutes to get down to the lakes. I recommend to visit in early morning, because at about 10 o'clock the place starts to be full of tourists. Really worth it to visit the lakes.
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