A tour through Nature, Archaeology and Medieval Architecture
The Vendicari nature reserve is renowned because of the unique characteristics of its flora and fauna and its extraordinarily beautiful beaches. It discloses a rich archaeological heritage. As a matter of fact, the fertility of its lands, together with the numerous natural harbours, the abundance of marine salt and fish fostered the continuous anthropization of the place from protohistory to Modern Age. Many important ruins are among rocky promontories, sand dunes and bogs: the ruins of two coastal cities, the Greek Eloro and the Byzantine Cittadella dei Maccari, a Hellenistic-Roman fish factory, a Roman Villa, several big Greek and medieval latomies, and numerous Paleochristian catacombs.
Guiding you through myths and history, Roman antiquities and industrial archaeology, seaside and architecture, our tour will finally lead you to discover the archaeological and architectural treasures of the fertile coast of Noto already inhabited during the Bronze Age. The Vendicari Tower was built in order to defend the old dock in the first half of the fifteenth century. In addition, its position on the top of the promontory was suitable for tuna fishing. This aspect is currently shown not only by the near seventeenth-century tuna fishery owned by the Nicolacis of Villadorata, but also by the remains of an Hellenistic-Roman factory for fish processing. Our tour will continue inside the Roman Villa of the River Tellaro, whose excavations disclosed an important complex of mosaic floors dating back to the middle of the fourth century AD.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the main entrance of the Vendicari Nature Reserve.
GPS coordinates: 36°48'18.36"N / 15° 5'31.09"E
End location: Roman Villa of Tellaro
Duration: 4 hours
Walking and taxi
Estimated Local Cash Needed
9 Eur - Entrance ticket to the Roman Villa of Tellaro: € 6 per person
Parking fee of the Vendicari Nature Reserve: € 3