Sicily GeoTour

Italy's first GeoTour is found in three enchanting naturalistic reserves of Sicily: Zingaro, Monte Cofano and Bosco della Ficuzza. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, known worldwide for its UNESCO archaelogical sites, gorgeous baroque architecture, crystal-clear waters sea, heavenly beaches, majestic mountains and volcanos, ancient traditions and unique cuisine. Welcome to Sicily GeoTour: you will fall in love with this geocaching experience!

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Zingaro Natural Reserve

Zingaro is the first natural Reserve of Sicily. It is managed by the Regional Enterprise State Forests. It covers area of 1,650 hectares and it extends from the western part of the Gulf of Castellammare to San Vito lo Capo peninsula which is on the Tirreno sea between Castellammare del Golfo and Trapani.

Getting here
The Reserve can be reached in 45 minutes from Palermo. There are two entrances: one on the South at 1 km from Scopello Village, the other on the North at 12 Km from the town of San Vito Lo Capo. To have access on the South part, by car you can get the Highway A29 Palermo- Mazara del Vallo, exit Castellammare del Golfo; then go ahead through Strada Stradale 187, direction to Trapani. At about 4 Km follow the indications for Scopello up to the coast. Arrived at Guidaloca resort, follow the indications for “La Tonnara” (Tunny-fishing nets) in Scopello where it is possible to admire the beautiful stacks. After a few kilometers from the Tonnara there is the large square of the Reserve. There you leave the car in the parking area and walk from Cala di Mazzo of Sciacca through the Reserve paths. To have access to the North entrance, get the Strada Statale 187 up to the junction for SanVito Lo Capo. From the town go on to Villaggio Calampiso- Reserve the Zingaro.

Ticket
5€ full ticket, 3€ reduced ticket (Youngster from 11 to 14 years), 1€ special ticket (schoolchildren, students of graduate course), free ticket (children under 11 years).

Opening times
April - September: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
October - March: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Geotour
It includes 10 cache placed along the coastal path. It is suggested to enter from the South entrance where it is possible to reach 3 caches and then move to the North entrance where it is possible to reach 7 caches. Can can be reached only through walking routes. The round trip is 8 km long. If you want you can choose to get in from the South entrance and walk all along the coastal path till the North entrance: in this way it is 14 km round trip.

Notice
Take with you lot of water and food as in the Reserve there are not supply points. Wear hiking shoes. During the summer the temperatures are very high. It is forbidden to bring in dogs.

Monte Cofano Natural Reserve

Monte Cofano Natural Reserve is certainly one of the most interesting natural attractions of the Sicilian coast. A sea of intense indefinite and an enchanting Mediterranean landscape. It covers 537.5 hectares from Custonaci to San Vito lo Capo. It is managed by the Regional Enterprise State Forests.

Getting here
The Reserve can be reached in 1 hour from Palermo and in 40 minutes Trapani through the highway A29 Palermo -Trapani: exit at the junction of Castellammare del Golfo where you will take the SS 187 (direction Trapani), to the junction for San Vito Lo Capo, on to the Purgatory village, 1 km before this town, a road on the left up the mountain.

Geotour
The Reserve is crossed by three main paths:
• Path of the Sea which winds along the coastline from Cornino Bay to Castelluzzo
• Baglio path which runs on the eastern side of Monte Cofano from Baglio until Tonnara Tower
• Scaletta Path that goes at the foot of the southern slope of Monte Cofano.
10 caches (9 traditional and 1 mystery) are places along the path of the Sea and the beginning of the Scaletta path. It is suggested to leave the car in Cornino. The walk is about 9 km round trip. You can choose to return from the same trail or, for the most trained, climb through the Scaletta path and reach Baglio di Cofano. From here walk down to Grotta Mangiapane, placed at the beginning of the trail.

Notice
Take with you lot of water and food as in the Reserve there are not supply points. Wear hiking shoes. During the summer the temperatures are very high.

Bosco di Ficuzza Natural Reserve

Ficuzza Reserve covers an area of 7,398 hectares in the towns of Monreale, Godrano, Mezzojuso, Marineo and Corleone. The area is dominated by the massive limestone Rock Busambra (1613 meters) that borders the southern part of the territory south. In the northern part there is Ficuzza Forest a wide area of Mediterranean evergreen forest. The Reserve is rich in rivers that form several natural lakes, so-called "gorghi". At the beginning of the nineteenth century this area was donated by landowners to King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies to make his hunting reserve. Ferdinando built the hunting Royal Lodge (Real Casina di Caccia) and around it arose the small village of Ficuzza, village of Corleone. It is managed by the Regional Enterprise State Forests.

Getting here
The reserve can be reached in 45 minutes from Palermo through the fast Palermo-Agrigento. Take the exit for Bolognetta and then go on Highway 118 until Marineo and beyond towards Corleone. After Scanzano lake you will meet on your left the road to Ficuzza, reported by an obelisk. From Ficuzza several trails start to go into the Reserve. Other possible entrances are in the towns of Godrano and Mezzojuso.

Geotour
15 Cache (13 traditional, 1 multi, 1 earthcache) are placed in the Reserve. We suggest to start from Ficuzza. The transfers can be done by car (be careful because the roads are rocky, drive very slowly), by foot or mountain bike.

Notice
Take with you lot of water and food as in the Reserve there are not supply points. Wear hiking shoes. During the summer the temperatures are very high.