Ferla: Pantalica Nature Reserve UNESCO Tour with Swim Stop

Activity provider: Portale Sardegna S.p.A.

Ferla: Pantalica Nature Reserve UNESCO Tour with Swim Stop

Activity provider: Portale Sardegna S.p.A.

From US$ 73.26 per person

Experience the natural wonders of the UNESCO-listed Pantalica Nature Reserve on a guided tour from Ferla. Explore Byzantine villages and enjoy a nature walk to the Calcinara River for swimming.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Swim in crystal-clear waters amongst lush nature at the Calcinara River
  • Explore all the natural beauties of Syracuse's lush Pantalica Nature Reserve
  • Learn more about the local species and subspecies of plants and animals
  • Take in the fresh air and greenery while exploring a Byzantine village
  • Admire a Byzantine painting during a visit to the Church of the Crucifix
Full description

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.

  • Licensed multilingual nature guide
  • Guided tour
  • Trekking poles
  • Transportation
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in Piazza S. Sebastiano. Look for the person wearing a badge.

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What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel

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