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Discovering the Traces of Ancient Christians in South-Eastern Sicily

Discovering the Traces of Ancient Christians in South-Eastern Sicily
Starts from

Catania

Duration

4 Days

Transportation

By Car

Length

430 km

Hotels

3

Guidance

Self-Guided

Categories

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Dear travellers welcome to Sicily! I'm Rosaria Andolina and I will guide you in the discovery of the traces of ancient Christians in the territory between Catania and Cava d'Ispica, in the south-east portion of Sicily. Our itinerary begins with a visit to the city of Catania, built on the slopes of Etna and deeply linked to its martyr, Sant'Agata. After, we will move to the Pantalica reserve with its pitted rocky ridges. We will stop in Syracuse, to discover the underground funerary tunnels and then we will move to the Hyblean plateau. We will visit the archaeological area of ​​Akrai and the Cava d'Ispica, the latter one in the Ragusa area. Finally we will conclude the itinerary in peace and among the magnificent colors of the Vendicari Reserve.
It's time to go and discover wonderful treasures!
Credits: This tour was made by Rosaria Andolina, as a multimedia tourist and storytelling project for the "Laboratory of formal technical writing (storytelling and gamification)", under the coordination of Prof. Elisa Bonacini, within the ITS 2-years COURSE "Higher Technician for the management of tourist accommodation facilities and cultural activities", 2019-2021, founded by the ITS Archimede Foundation at the CUMO Eastern Mediterranean University Consortium, in Noto (Syracuse).
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Discovering the traces of the first Christians in the city of Catania
Day 110 km4 km

Discovering the traces of the first Christians in the city of Catania

The itinerary crosses the ancient historic center of Catania, discovering the first buildings that testify to Christian cults in the city. The city built in the strip of land between the slopes of Mount Etna, is linked to the cult of Saint Agatha, a young martyr who lived and died in Catania in the third century AD. You can admire the churches related to this cult and also a roman bath transformed into a Church, of which are barely visible pieces of frescoes and the remains of a mosaic floor. A tip: take a relaxing walk!
11:30
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Discovering rock churches in Pantalica and the traces of the first Christians in Syracuse.
Day 2152 km575 m

Discovering rock churches in Pantalica and the traces of the first Christians in Syracuse.

After leaving the city of Catania, drive your car towards the Pantalica reserve, a fascinating place inhabited by man from the protohistoric to the medieval period, which has been declared World Heritage UNESCO site together with the Greek city of Syracuse. After visiting the rock churches and oratories carved into the rock, continue your itinerary, crossing the Hyblean area, towards the city of Syracuse. In the ancient Greek colony you can visit the many funerary tunnels of Christian use and the church dedicated to the cult of another young Sicilian martyr, Santa Lucia, born and died in Syracuse.
17:35
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Crossing the Hyblean plateau
Day 374 km818 m

Crossing the Hyblean plateau

Let's start this wonderful day with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Syracuse to discover the latest news: the early Christian sector, where the fascinating sarcophagus of Adelfia with its many decorations is exhibited. After we move to the Hyblean plateau to discover Akrai, an ancient city founded by the Syracusans. The archaeological area includes some quarries used as burial places in the Christian period. We end the evening at the Stallaini farmhouse, we can ask to the owners to visit the nearby necropolis!
22:30
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Away from traffic: between the Hyblean quarries and the Ionian sea.
Day 4194 km

Away from traffic: between the Hyblean quarries and the Ionian sea.

Last day dedicated to our tour, but there will be no shortage of wild and bewitching places to discover. Today we will move between the province of Syracuse and that of Ragusa and after a peaceful walk immersed in the Cava d'Ispica we will visit the Vendicari reserve.
10:15
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