Bosco di Santo Pietro Nature Reserve
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Near San Pietro, a small village about twenty kilometers from Caltagirone, it is possible to enter the Bosco di Santo Pietro Nature Reserve which extends to over 6,500 hectares on a sandy plateau crisscrossed by valleys.
The Forest was initially included in the extensive barony of Fetanasimo (over 25,000 hectares) that King Ruggero granted the town of Caltagirone in 1143 as a reward for cooperation obtained in the war against the Saracens. Then the forest reached the gates of Caltagirone and was one of the largest extensions of Mediterranean scrub existing at that time.
Today the Nature Reserve is oriented towards the wide array of field crops, and agricultural and pastoral activities that take place in respect to certain specific rules for the protection and preservation of one of the most important mixed cork trees in central Sicily, which is accompanied by the presence of a dense ilex grove. There are many other species of plants found in the forest including an abundance of wild orchids, wild olive, and wild carob, rare Kermes oak, arbutus, mastic and phillyrea. Do not miss out on the numerous varieties of mushrooms, including the much sought after Boletus aereus (porcine Nero) which must be reported, Boletus impolitus and the deadly Amanita phalloides, with its dangerously high toxicity.
Often during walks in the woods you may meet porcupines, hares, rabbits and weasels. Wild cats and the foxes are also present. Among the birds can be observed there are 96 different species including the tit, warblers and jays, but also some rare species such as the great spotted woodpecker, pendolino and the kestrel, which in dialect is called “muschittu”.

The mild climate, certainly allows for excursions throughout the year, but the best seasons are spring and autumn, first for the many blossoms and the second for the beautiful forest colors.
Starting from Saint Pietro forest you first pass through areas affected by pine and eucalyptus reforestation on your way to the two most beautiful areas in the forest: the valleys called Hunter spring and Molara spring. From here there is a kind of loop within which you can admire what remains of the Molara sugherata.

 

 

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! Near San Pietro, a small village about twenty kilometers from Caltagirone, it is possible to enter the Bosco di Santo Pietro Nature Reserve which extends to over 6,500 hectares on a sandy plateau crisscrossed by valleys. The Forest was initially included in the extensive barony of Fetanasimo (over 25,000 hectares) that King Ruggero granted the town of Caltagirone in 1143 as a reward for cooperation obtained in the war against the Saracens. Then the forest reached the gates of Caltagirone and was one of the largest extensions of Mediterranean scrub existing at that time. Today the Nature Reserve is oriented towards the wide array of field crops, and agricultural and pastoral activities that take place in respect to certain specific rules for the protection and preservation of one of the most important mixed cork trees in central Sicily, which is accompanied by the presence of a dense ilex grove. There are many other species of plants found in the forest including an abundance of wild orchids, wild olive, and wild carob, rare Kermes oak, arbutus, mastic and phillyrea. Do not miss out on the numerous varieties of mushrooms, including the much sought after Boletus aereus (porcine Nero) which must be reported, Boletus impolitus and the deadly Amanita phalloides, with its dangerously high toxicity. Often during walks in the woods you may meet porcupines, hares, rabbits and weasels. Wild cats and the foxes are also present. Among the birds can be observed there are 96 different species including the tit, warblers and jays, but also some rare species such as the great spotted woodpecker, pendolino and the kestrel, which in dialect is called “muschittu”. The mild climate, certainly allows for excursions throughout the year, but the best seasons are spring and autumn, first for the many blossoms and the second for the beautiful forest colors. Starting from Saint Pietro forest you first pass through areas affected by pine and eucalyptus reforestation on your way to the two most beautiful areas in the forest: the valleys called Hunter spring and Molara spring. From here there is a kind of loop within which you can admire what remains of the Molara sugherata.      

 

 

 


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