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Valuable baroque town, known for the production of honey, is located in the Iblei Mountains near the Rupestrian Necropolis of Pantalica and the Anapo river.
The ancient center stood in the valley of the Ciccio river and was divided into six districts.
With houses made from natural openings in the rocks to which a masonry front part was added.
The earthquake of 1693 totally destroyed the ancient site.
Then thanks to the faith of the citizens, who offered days of work and products of the soil.
The investments of the Gaetani family, the very rich barons of the fief of Sortino, real architectural jewels were born, 12 churches and about 15 noble palaces.
In Sortino they are very interesting to visit, in addition to the historic center.
The Mother Church, dedicated to San Giovanni Evangelista and built in the XVIII century, preserves precious frescoes and some other canvases inside.
The Church of Sant’Antonio Abate and the Church of the Annunziata also date back to the same period.
Both churches are enriched with frescoes and numerous paintings attributed to Sicilian artists.
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Not far from Sortino is the reserve of Pantalica, an enchanting place, Unesco heritage, for what our ancestors left us.
Prehistoric tombs and Byzantine villages, a spectacular natural scenery between canyons.
Typical Mediterranean vegetation, fauna, caves nature, waterfalls and springs, in short, a truly unique mix of nature and archeology.
Not surprisingly, besides being an archaeological park, it is also one of the largest nature reserves in Sicily.
In this ancient place, the nature of Sicily manifests itself in all its splendor giving unforgettable views.
On the Pantalica plateau there are almost exclusively the ruins of the Anaktoron, a megalithic building of large blocks, with several rectangular rooms, evident imitation of the Mycenaean palaces.
The building was modified and reused in the Byzantine era after a previous abandonment.
The Honey Festival is an important event aimed at enhancing the main product of the economy of Sortino.
The Hyblean honey, the one sung by Virgilio, Ovidio, Teocrito.
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