Off-road excursion through woods and cliffs to discover the Castle of Pietratagliata or Gresti
The itinerary,in addition to being a naturalistic trail and,at the same time,of great historical and archaeological interest,it is an adventurou off-road route that allows you to discover the hidden and fascinating corners of the Sicilian hinterland.


The route alternates easy walking trails to off-road driving  in order to reach inaccessible points. It starts from the majestic hills,  where once stood the town of Rossomanno (37,27’16.1″N 14,22’32.1″E) from which the name of the mountain derives. The Rossomanno Grottascura Bellia Nature Reserve, can be reached driving along SS117 bis and it is one of the largest wooded area in Sicily that can be crossed on foot or by mountain bike. From here you can continue your journey towards the ruins of an ancient and isolated medieval monastery called “castellaccio degli Uberti” or “cunvintazzo”. Next, we head towards the so-called “Enchanted stones” or “puppet dancers” (1.2 miles), or group of sandstone rocks that, according to local legend, represents dancing people petrified by a mysterious spell.


From here we depart for the Mining Park of Floristella/Grottacalda (37.488974, 14.351513) . The Mining Park involves a certain type of visiting experience that is both historical-anthropological and environmental, given the abandonment of the former industrial area, for decades. It is possible to do a few hours of light trekking among the outdoor environments of the Mining Park, among woods and abandoned industrial buildings and unspoiled nature.


At the end of the visit, after lunch, we move towards the nestled medieval fortress of the Castle of Pietratagliata or Gresti (37.475375, 14.469690) built by the Normans and defined “impenetrable” by the popular tradition. During the Vesper War, the castle housed a French garrison, destroyed during the siege. From the top of the cliff you can enjoy a breathtaking view and admire the authentic scenery of the Sicilian hinterland rich in nature and history.


After the day of trekking, it is advisable to go to Piazza Armerina for a meal and stay at one of the recommended quality facilities  so you can dedicate the following day to the many activities offered.


starting at €. 49,00 per person, excluding VAT


• Full day tour with environmental hiking guide
• Driver
• Off-road vehicle Land Rover Discovery 3 or Nissan Patrol GR
• Transfer service to/from point of departure (to be defined)
• Lunch
• All that is not provided in “Include”
LANGUAGES : Italian, English
DURATION: 8 hours
AVAILABILITY: on request


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