Discovering Archaeology "off the beaten tracks": Monte Jato and Partanna
If you are really passionate about Archaeology, and want to discover secret and unusual archaeological sites of Sicily, where the mysteries of the History meet an amazing and unspoiled landscape…The ancient site of Monte Jato is the tour for you!
If you are really passionate about Archaeology and want to discover secret and unusual archaeological sites of Sicily, where the mysteries of the History meet an amazing and unspoiled landscape… That's another tour for you! The ancient site of Monte Jato rises about 850 m on the top of the mountain, from which you can enjoy a stunning view on the Jato river Valley below. Remains of the houses, the public square bordered by porticoes and politic buildings and the small theatre are still visible, plunged in their original environment. The tour lasts 2 hours, then we will reach Partanna by driving about 50 minutes. Contrada Stretto is a thrilling and magic site of Prehistoric times, where visitors can admire a mysterious moat cut in the rock along the mountain. A steep path then will lead you to a spring of water and a tunnel dig in the rock where ancient cult rituals presumably had place. The Museum of Prehistory housed in the medieval Grifeo Castle of Partanna displays archaeological materials coming from Contrada Stretto, pictures and explaining panels related to the site. The tour lasts 2 hours.
By Valentina Consoli
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