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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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.
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.
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.
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.