Our most recommended things to do in Ferla

From Catania: Pantalica & Sortino Guided Tour

1. From Catania: Pantalica & Sortino Guided Tour

Explore the historic Pantalica Nature Reserve and the scenic town of Sortino in the Anapo River Valley. Visit Pantalica, one of the most impressive prehistoric and Paleo-Christian settlements in Europe. Then, explore nearby Sortino and see the town’s memorable architecture. Get picked up from your accommodation in Catania, then head to the first stop: Pantalica Nature Reserve. Pantalica is located on a limestone promontory surrounded by a deep gorge formed by the Anapo and Calcinara rivers between the towns of Ferla and Sortino in Sicily. Pantalica was founded by Sicilian populations where they settled for over 2400 years until the end of the 12th century. This charming place is the largest necropolis in Europe. Here, you'll find the Necropolis of Pantalica, a collection of historic tombs. Next, head to the second stop, the town of Sortino. Sortino has always been known for being one of the most scenic homelands with Sicilian Baroque. Marvel at the architecture of the town's buildings and churches, including Mother Church of Sortino that features the Baroque style. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back at your accommodation or another drop-off location in Catania.

Ferla: Pantalica Nature Reserve UNESCO Tour with Swim Stop

2. Ferla: Pantalica Nature Reserve UNESCO Tour with Swim Stop

Discover the natural wonders of a UNESCO World Heritage Site on this guided trip from Ferla to the Pantalica Nature Reserve. Visit an ancient Byzantine oratory, walk through the ruins of the Anaktoron, and swim while surrounded by nature at Calcinara River. After meeting your guide in Ferla, follow your guide in your own vehicle to the entrance of the Pantalica Nature Reserve called Sella di Filiporto. Park your car, then follow an ancient mule track to reach the Byzantine village. Admire the Oratory of San Micidiario, completely dug into the white rock, then continue to other highlights, including the so-called “Prince’s Palace,” a megalithic structure of the thirteenth century B.C. of which only a few ruins are visible. By car, you’ll head to another entrance of the Nature Reserve of Pantalica. Going downstream, visit another Byzantine village with its oratory, the Church of the Crucifix, where you can admire a Byzantine painting illustrating Christ on the cross. Thanks to the presence of your own naturalist guide, you’ll get to discover some of the 700 species and subspecies of plants that inhabit these fascinating places.  Continue along a rock path, reach the clear waters of the Calcinara River, the perfect place to take a regenerating swim. Afterward, your guide will help you make your way to the exit of the village.

From Siracusa: Pantalica Nature Reserve Guided Hiking Tour

3. From Siracusa: Pantalica Nature Reserve Guided Hiking Tour

In the reserve of Pantalica nature, history and archeology blend offering visitors an opportunity to experience a unique and charming environment. The necropolis rises high with his white and sheer limestone cliffs with 5000 tombs dug in the rock. It is perfectly set in the variegated ecosystem that characterize this important Nature Reserve, listed as Unesco site in 2005 due to its very important historical and natural heritage.

From Ferla: Necropolis of Pantalica Guided Day Trip

4. From Ferla: Necropolis of Pantalica Guided Day Trip

During the excursion you will retrace the history of Sicily from the 12th century B.C. to the present day. You will visit the wonderful archaeological site of Pantalica, set in an imposing limestone bordered by the Anapo river and its tributary Calcinara.The route you will follow, develops between the waters of the two rivers and the walls of the Anapo valley. You will visit different parts of the archaeological site, including the largest final bronze necropolis in Europe, with its 5,000 grotto tombs; the Byzantine villages of San Micidiario and San Nicolicchio, which will fascinate you with their rock churches dating back to the 4th century; the Anaktoron, the palace of Prince Hyblon, seat of local power from the 12th century BC. You will also visit the remains of a Greek trench and the narrow-gauge railway, crossed by the small train that was in operation until the last century. If the climate allows it, you can refresh yourself in the waters of the Calcinara torrent, and visit one of the active karst caves in the area. Nature, history and archaeology enclosed in a unique experience in Panatalica.

Pantalica: memory in stone

5. Pantalica: memory in stone

The tour dedicated to the archaeological and natural site of Pantalica turns you into a traveller on the European Grand Tour to discover the wonders preserved in this place, declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2005. Ideal for those who want to combine a journey through history with a walk in nature. It will be an experience you will find hard to forget, I promise. From the town of Ferla, we access a portion of the Pantalica reserve that is a veritable treasure trove of stories. We will let you discover it starting from the necropolis of Filiporto and along a loop tour that includes, as a final stop, the Anaktoron or Prince's Palace, a megalithic building full of charm and mystery. Along the way, we will visit the remains of an ancient Byzantine village and the rock churches of San Micidiario and San Nicolicchio surrounded by the rich biodiversity of the Anapo Valley that we will explore from above and it will be like walking suspended, between sky and nature, in a journey back in time.

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What people are saying about Ferla

Everything was great. Pick up from hotel exactly as promised, very interesting and not too easy hiking at Pantalica. Our guide Andrea was very knowledgeable about the flora and history of Pantalica region. He was also able to adjust the tour a bit according to wishes and capabilities of the participants. Something which is quite rare and extremely valuable. I would certainly recommend this tour to anybody who is interested in hiking, nature and history of Sicily.

Absolutely wonderful hike through timeless and beautiful countryside. You need to take plenty of fluids with you at this time of year, but our guide Frederico was so kind and patient letting us stop for refreshments when we needed to. The ancient archaeology is a bonus to the walk and having an opportunity to swim to cool off is also good. Cannot thank Frederico enough for his guidance today and safe driving!

The guide Frederico was very knowledgeable and provided various interesting facts about local vegetation and history of Pantalica. The hike was not complex or stressful, guide was patient while we took a swim in the local rivers

We had a lovely walk in spring Sicily and having had no hire car, we never would have got there without Andrea. He pointed out lots of interesting things and we had a very enjoyable time.

Great tour! We saw and learned a lot, as well the hiking was great. On top Frederico was a great guide and made the day perfect! Thx