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Pa province: The Park and the villages of the Madonie “Borgo Petra” monumental route geo

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Itinerary day guided and commented

Our journey to discover Madonie and its suburbs between nature and history continues with one of the destinations of the richest and articulated in this area of Sicily.

Certainly ” Petra ” is a destination that can satisfy tastes and expectations of broad spectrum , from the point of view of natural, historical and archaeological , just remember that the Madonie Mountains are a complex carbonate “old” more than 20,000,000 years, in a territory (geo -park ) which is part of the European Geoparks Network. The agency UNESCO , which includes the European sites of major geological significance , a veritable museum and science lab open as rich of testimonies and geological and naturalistic extremely valuable .

But also from the standpoint of historical and environmental Petra here we can not forget that with the Arab conquest in the eleventh century it was renamed ” Batarliah ” or ” Batraliah ” and became an important military stronghold and a strategic market. The Normans conquered Petralia around 1062, and here the history of our island has written an absolute value for the architecture and for the contributions made by Renaissance artists unanimous recognition of the value and

From the environmental point of view you walk into villages ( Petralia soprano and skirt ) that have kept intact the atmosphere and the characteristics of the medieval village , each step corresponds to an architectural marvel that leaves you enchanted even untrained eye or ” indifferent.” Angles and details that tell a thousand years of history in a relaxed atmosphere and typical of a small village alive and unscathed from the frenetic pace typical of the city populous and crowded .

Walking through the small streets and welcoming nature is always wedges and stir constantly alternating to the eye, with breathtaking views and architectural gems , small squares , fountains , churches and palaces of unspeakable beauty, stone masks , stairways carved in stone madonita .

Our route along an entire day will be held in the village in a succession of treasures and surprises, an articulated path between elements of geological open , details and artistic and monumental sites , and corners of nature with breathtaking views .

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Duration: 1 day or full
Itinerary: easy for all adults and children
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Pa province: The Park and the villages of the Madonie “farmhouse Ypsigro” and the forest of giant holly (castelbuono)

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We are Castelbuono that now stands on the ancient Byzantine Ypsigro house (built on the hill of San Pietro) . The name of Ypsigro was well known to historians and geographers of the past , which initially placed him on Nebrodis.

Castelbuono is one of those goals included among the ” villages of the Madonie ” not to be missed , if you really want to know the area and its history .

The village, which has origins Sicane , after a period of Byzantine presence Intenza see a particular period of development and its importance in the Middle Ages starting from 1200 onwards.
Rich are the testimony of the witness and historical value that we visit , visible traces that depart from the Arab period that has strongly influenced the whole area up to the period of ” Ventimiglia ” noble family whose rule extended over several countries of Madonie , related with the Emperor Frederick II, who strongly and has left the impression in many of the villages of the area, and which manifests itself in particular with the beautiful castle .

Of particular importance is the natural environment in which the district is included , although it is difficult to make comparisons , since the entire geographical area which is related to the Madonie is rich both from the point of view of history and natural features .

The proposed visit can be so many , that we propose here is developed between the medieval town of Castelbuono with its corners and from the point of view of nature on the lush nature that surrounds the forest castelbuono , especially with the visit of the paths Sempria floor plan and pommel , between huts surrounded by a forest of oak trees, and a visit to the relief of Europe ‘s largest forest of giant holly .
At the end we will rest in a haven of C.A.I. nestled in the woods while relaxing after a day filled with varied and tasting simple but tasty dishes , rich flavors and local dishes .

Content : history, scenery , archeology , landscapes, local culture, flora and fauna

in particular, we will see : medieval , castle, palace chapel , museum, trails in the woods

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Duration: 1 day or full
Itinerary: easy for all adults and children
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Pa province: The Park and the villages of the Madonie “Kala Vuturu” the fortress of the vulture

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day trip , commented and illustrated

In the splendid setting of the Madonie Park , exploring historical sites and natural contexts in one of the most original and varied the Sicilian Madonie mountain range . In particular, we explore the Arabic ” Kala ” Vuturu , Calton and some of the most historical sites of natural value of the area .

According to many scholars the name and origin of the city are traced back to the Arab domination ( the name derives from the Arabic word qal’at Abi l- Thawr ( stronghold of Abu Thawr ) , named after a Muslim leader that he insignorì , according to other opinions instead derives from the Arabic word ” kala ” ( fortress ) and the Sicilian ” vuturu ” ( vulture ) so going to take the meaning of ” vulture Rock ‘, rapacious currently present in the territory .

A wonderful journey with breathtaking views, a concentrate of nature , history, archeology and culture in the local path that was established in proportion to the original site and downstream ends in a cloister of 500 .

What to visit
Terravecchia , the original site with remains from the Greek era push up to 1600, Calton Castle , the spectacular gorge of Gazzara ingolamento with an interesting nature trail , the Werewolves , characteristic structures in dry stone relic of an ancient pastoral culture and the Rocca di Sciara geoscientific path .

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Minimum participants : 2
Duration: full day or two days .
itinerary: easy for all adults and children
clothing : hiking shoes or tennis
Pick-Up Service upon request.

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Palermo: In the footsteps of the King, from Ficuzza wood hospital of animals, the rocca of cefalù, between nature, history and castles.

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Wood of Ficuzza you start with a nature trail among the more than 100 plant species in this reserve is characterized by many natural environments including ; the oak forest , the cork wood , the wood of deciduous oaks , the Cerreto , shrubs and bushes , rocky areas and semirupestri , wetlands ( rivers and lakes ) , grasslands and scrubland pasture .
We will continue the trip by visiting a real ” Animal Hospital ” specializing in birds and bird life , we will move cautiously between “patients” really special , such as hawk , owl and others belonging to different species of raptors , migratory birds, such as discovering care to practice the techniques of rehabilitation, visit the ” operating room ” equipped for real action and we will see how it is carried into the wild injured animals and finally healed.
After stopping for lunch in a specific area attrezzat , is followed by a visit to the imposing and “Real Casina hunting of Frederick II of Bourbon ” talking about his history and visiting the beautifully restored rooms .
Complete your visit with a visit to Cefalu imposing fortress – castle with stunning views from its promontory . Then go down into the village to the city center in a walk – in visit to the cathedral basilica erected on the orders of Roger II .

Most relevant points : Ficuzza Forest , Castle Real Casina Hunting , Animal Hospital , ( Cefalu ) Castle – Rock – Cathedral Basilica – ( Monreale) Cathedral .

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Educational itinerary : primary – secondary – upper secondary
active throughout the year
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Language: Italian -English – Spanish – French
Minimum participants : 2
Individual tour : YES
Duration: full day
itinerary: easy for all adults and children
wear comfortable shoes or tennis
Pick-Up Service upon request.

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