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16 marzo 2014

Archeological area of Philosophiana

Called by the peasants “Pitrusa”, the area of the archaeological site of Sofiana is abutted on the south side of the Gela river, who, after having passed the south side of the Villa Romana del Casale, continues its course towards the Mediterranean Sea, melting into a winding path between the mountains Navone and Alzacuda. To the north of the area of Sofiana stands, besides the aforementioned Mount Navone, including Mount Manganello and again, to the east, the hills of Budonetto and Finocchio and on the southern part, the sweet Salveria slope.

Along the road that leads to Sofiana, the landscape is colored with different “shades” of agricultural production, heirs to a rich and flourishing tradition. Orchards, olive groves and vineyards alternating flat and vast fields of wheat, whose rich biological properties are guaranteed by a fertile land and a substantial amount of water from different sources. Among these, the most important, and especially closer to the archaeological site, are those of Margi Rosso and Val Canonico to the south west of the ancient town. Thanks to the extraordinary strength of its land, its possible that Sofiana has been chosen as the cradle of civilization for a very long period, between the Bronze Age and the Middle Ages.

 

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1ºst path

From Piazza Armerina South to Sofiana

 

Distance in kilometers from Piazza Armerina: about 11 km

 

From Piazza Armerina. Exit Piazza Armerina south along viale Libertà, proceeding in the direction of Strada Statale 117bis. Take the exit toward SP/Colla and proceed on Strada Provinciale 89b. Continue, along the Strada Provinciale 25. At about 6 km, turn right to stay on the Strada Provinciale 25. Along the route a bridge is reported. The archaeological site of Sofiana is easily identifiable thanks to the information panel located on site.

 

Car and motorcycle. Yes

Public transport. No.

Mountain bike or racing bike. Yes, equipping the vehicle with warning lights.

 

2ºnd path

From the Villa Romana del Casale to Sofiana

Recommended for lovers of mountain biking and equestrian tourism

 

Distance in kilometers from Piazza Armerina: about 14 km

 

From the Villa Romana del Casale. Along the road that leads from the Villa Romana del Casale

again on Strada Provinciale 15, turn left at the fork, proceeding towards Barrafranca. At about

3.5 km, turn left, on to a dirt path. At the first fork, go left and stay on the same side at the second intersection and coming down to a ford of the river Gela. USE EXTREME CAUTION crossing of the river, avoiding it in case of rain. Go up and reunited with the Strada Provinciale 25, continue on the right. At about 6 km, turn right and stay on the SP 25. Along the route a bridge is reported. The archaeological site of Sofiana is easily identifiable thanks to the information panel located on site.

 

Car and motorcycle. No

Public transport. No.

Mountain bike or racing bike. Yes, equipping the vehicle with warning lights.

Hiking on horseback. Yes.

 

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