ROCCA DI CERERE GEOPARK (Italy)
The European & Global Geopark Rocca di Cerere is located in Sicily, Italy, on a gypsum-sulphur plateau with sandstone peaks that have been inhabited since the Paleolithic age.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
The name Rocca di Cerere has been chosen because of the ancient consecration of this territory to the Kthonic goddes Ceres. Geologically the area covers central part of Sicilian foredeep between the Appennine chain and the Iblean foreland. The northern area presents deposits with beautiful sandstone formations. While in the southern area prevails the gypsum-sulphur plateau created during Messinian crisis between 5,96-5,33 million years ago. This crisis occurred due to a sudden drying up of the Mediterranean sea with the consequent levels of cyclic deposition of evaporites.
This landscape was an important prehistoric extraction site. Here man began to differentiate the salt rocks of sodium-chloride from the potassic salts. Certainly from Minoan - Mycenaean ages, the inhabitants of this part of Sicily, exported sulphur tables to the rest of the Mediterranean Sea as recent archaeological researches in Monte Grande and Milena now demonstrate.
The ensemble offers a landscape rich in suggestions. Two of the most important archaeological sites of the Mediterranean can be visited: The Roman Villa of Casale and the Polis of Morgantina. The area includes the Mining Park Floristella, 4 natural reserves, museums, castles and churches, manifestations such as the Holy Week or the Palio dei Normanni. There you can practice activities in nature (nautical sky, sailing, canoe, free climbing, MTB, birdwatching, etc.) and taste typical products. The main educational centre is located in Pergusa, other educational activities are located in Rossomanno, Calascibetta, Altesina, Train Museum and Nicoletti Lake.
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