Excursion nr. 1 – Cava Misericordia
Cava Misericordia is a visit to one of the most representative karst quarries of the Hyblean plateau of Ragusa.
Through the Path of the Hermits, a long stairway carved into the rock, we will descend to the valley floor accompanied by the luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation, by a pine forest, together with pomegranates, figs, walnuts, carob and almond trees which witnesses a rural human past, and by the steep limestone walls, and we will meet various points of interest along the way:
–the water springs that feed the stream,
-the Giant’s Cave,
-the ancient monastery of Misericordia, built in 1700,
-the Gorgo di Pieri, a natural lake,
-some ruins of ancient mills, now covered with vegetation and now undergoing restoration, evidence of a peasant past.
The excursion will be accompanied by folk stories, legends and traditions.
|Tour length:||approximately 6.10 km|
|Elevation gain:||about 230 meters.|
|Tour duration:||about 4/5 hours.|
|Difficulty level:||Medium / Easy for regular hikers.|
|Recommended for||Children over 10 and under close supervision.|
The trail runs along the edge of the escarpment for a short distance. The bottom of the trail is bumpy at times. Crossings of small streams are planned.