lunedì 10 febbraio 2014

Natural Reserve of Belice. Must Visit!

Natural Reserve of Belice extends between Marinella di Selinunte and the promontory of Porto Palo, includes the final stretch of the river Belice and the nearby coastal dune formations with areas periodically flooded by the waters of the sea. It is one of the flaps residues , and therefore of extraordinary importance of the natural landscape which in the past was to characterize , almost entirely , on the Mediterranean coast of Sicily, among the most beautiful of the island.
It includes different environments : the dunes, the mouth of the river with the typical marsh vegetation and , in the inner part , the Mediterranean evergreen .

In particular , the stretch of coast from fine sand that extends between Marinella di Selinunte and Porto Palo , we are in the presence of a set consisting of a natural coastal dune system , up to six meters high , which extends for about 5 km and goes towards the hinterland , even for 70/80 meters and, therefore, an area rich in fociale a now rare marsh vegetation .
Inside the reserve of Belice , runs one of the most important rivers of the province of Trapani , the River Belice (from Belich , the name of a castle that stood probably on the confluence of the right and left Belice ), which in addition to being the eldest of the three rivers that flow through the territory of Selinunte , is one of the largest in all of Sicily .

At one time the Belice river was navigable for a long distance and in fact, was for centuries one of the main routes of communication between the interior and the coast belicina . This function is highlighted by a series of settlements found along the way , ranging from prehistory to the early Middle Ages .
In some areas still lays eggs the turtle " caretta caretta " .

mercoledì 5 febbraio 2014

What to visit nearby (1): Archaeological Park of Selinunte

The emphasis and wonder that arouse the ruins of Selinunte are legendary . The superlatives , metaphors , passionate tones that characterize the impressions of the great travelers of Selinunte may be contained in a book of hyperbole . Click on the photos to enlarge

Algernon Charles Swinburne wrote : " The ruins of Selinunte are scattered in various splendid piles , the number of columns still standing from afar resemble a large city with many spiers ... " . Guy de Maupassant , Selinunte is " an immense accumulation of collapsed columns , now aligned with and adjacent to the ground as dead soldiers, now plunged in a chaotic manner ."

                     In fact, the uniqueness of Selinunte is given by the vast amount of its ruins , by their size and their value, all of which , together, it is difficult to trace in other parts of the Western world. In 1993 was established the archaeological park , 270 acres large , and there is no day of the year , from spring to autumn , that large groups of visitors is estimated at between columns and sections of the moss that caresses , among decoration of the stands and clumps of mastic that grow in the cracks between those blocks of stone yellow gold worked by man , poised on one another in the Wild grew up with them , some clearing, small hedges , bushes, flowers , parsley flakes , a few trees, many varieties of green , all out of time, the museum arbitrary challenge to the measure and harmony .


                         You get lost among stones and sky , we hide behind the drums and it reappears under a lintel , tiny temples under the surviving giants dumb to remember the glory of their being gods. He was born rich , Selinunte, founded in the mid-seventh century BC by colonists from Megara Hyblaea , near Syracuse, in the heart of the domains spintisi Carthaginian island. The most western of the Greek colonies in Sicily was the wolf's den , between the Elimi Segesta and Phoenician-Punic Mozia . But for two centuries was prosperous and powerful , with its own brand , populous - it seems - of 80,000 inhabitants, on a limestone hill surrounded by two rivers, the Modione (the ancient Selinus ) and Cottone , on whose banks grew, luxuriant , wild parsley ( Selinus , in fact: in order to Selinunte) , in a fertile land - according to legend, tempered by the great Empedocles , named for the occasion - that sloped down toward the Sea of ​​Africa , beyond which the observed , concerned , the terrible Carthage. Yet the relationship between the two cities were for a long time of peaceful coexistence , based mainly on trade.

             Apart from the frequent border disputes with Segesta, Selinunte were being stabilizing, along with the original pro- Greek soul , customs , fashions typically Punic . And maybe that's why his artistic development is more complex and original than that of other Greek colonies in eastern Sicily , as can be seen in the extraordinary metopes adorning the fronts of temples, of which sixteen are specimens that are the most proud of regional Archaeological Museum in Palermo, ie , even in the so-called Efebo of Selinunte in bronze, efebo.jpg ( 40092 bytes ) recently moved to the Museum of Castelvetrano , which has , in addition to setting the whole Greek, indigenous clear characteristics .