The cave d'Ispica combine great landscape, history and archaeology. Located along a superb 13km long canyon carved out of the Hyblean plateau on the southern tip of Sicily, the cave were home to Sicily’s most ancient populations. They also bear testimony to a more recent history. In effect, after the Sicels, archaeological evidence points to the successive presence of Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans.
Cave dwellings and tombs that can be traced back to prehistoric times, along with early Christian churches and necropolises, are nested into the sides of the gorge. Among the wonders of the cave, are one of Sicily’s most extensive Christian catacombs called Larderia (4th century C.E.), a Greek gymnasium, and the medieval rock-cut churches of Santa Maria and San Nicola that still show traces of Byzantine frescoes. Also, the so-called Sicano castle, akin to a fortress carved into a limestone cliff, is of great interest. Your licensed guide and archaeologist will shed some much needed light on this fascinating albeit difficult site to read.
Rates are per person, and are based on the number of participants in the party:
2 pax €140 - 3 pax €100 - 4 pax €80 - 5 pax €70 - 6 pax €60 - 7 pax €55 - 8 pax €50
Tour duration: 3h
Appointment: 09:30 at the ticket office of the Cava d'Ispica archaeological park
Incidentals: entrance ticket (€ 4,00)
Contact us to book this private excursion to the caves of Ispica, we will let you know about our availabilities and answer any questions you may have.