With donkeys to rediscover ancient forgotten fortresses

A path of great historical interest admiring the ruins of a medieval fortress set in the rocks
  • Travelling time: 8 hours
  • Difficulty: Family
  • Why we love it: for the wild places you will walk across
  • Length: 15 km
  • Total Elevation Gain: 10 m
  • Way to travel: by bike, on foot, with donkeys or horses
  • Cost: 0 €
  • Our Advice: an interesting itinerary, perfect also for families with children
the map of the area of Sicily around Caltanissetta
Map of the area

Starting from Agri-Casavacanza Cafeci, we will climb the dirt road made by Bourbons, skirting the "Rocca Crovacchi" and then heading to the summit of Mount Rossomanno. On the top you can admire the "Castellaccio Uberti" and the abandoned hermitage of "Cummintazzu".

green hills and a small village in between
Landscape around Mount Rossomanno - picture by Wikipedia

Then you go down along the forests of the south-east slope of the mountain, walking along Gresti river (that is now only a stream!) heading the south side of the cliff where the medieval fortress or Pietratagliata was built. From the top of the cliff on which the castle stands, on clear days you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the countryside ariund the city of Enna. From here it is not uncommon to see many types of birds, such as hawks, buzzards, crows, pigeons, jackdaws and rarely also the Egyptian vulture. When night comes it is also possible to spot rare owls flying around.

an ancient castle built on the rock on the top of an hill. A tower is still well visible
The castel of Pietratagliata - picture by  castelsintheword.worlpress.com

Author: Carmen Menzo - "Share your green Adventure" prize

Cover image: Countryside around Enna - picture from premioceleste.it

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