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Reserves and Protected Areas

The green pearls of Sicily are 77 natural reserves. Real oasis of beauty available for visitors 365 days a year, thanks to the management system put under the care of Public Authority,such as the Azienda Foreste Demaniali that manages the Malabotta wood (Messina), Provinces or town administration such as the town administration of Ragusa that manages the reserve of the Irminio river- or environmentalism association - such as Legambiente, Italia Nostra and WWF, that manages the reserve of the Capo Rama in Terrasini (Palermo). The first anvironmentalism association that were created had begun the history of the Sicilian environmentalism. The Zingaro, with its  wild coast and rare Mediterranean vegetation of dwarf palm plant, the ancient tuna-fishing station and tall rocks is considered as a true paradise. Today, Sicilian reserves are real natural laboratories where the protection of the flora, fauna, archaeological and entropic landscape combines with didactic activities and experimentation. As for example the Isola dei Conigli at Lampedusa in the archipelago of the Pelagie (Agrigento), where each summer they organize protection areas for the Caretta Caretta turtles which are back again for depositing the eggs. Exotic birds spend their winter In Vendicari, near Noto (Syracuse). They stop undisturbed in this habitat among spring water, lake vegetation and sea while they are moving towards the routes of Africa. Unique for its landscape impact and for the size of the necropolis (more than 5.000 tombs), is the reserve of Pantalica in the Anapo valley (Siracusa). The river digged its bed in the limestone of the Iblei tableland during the centuries and opened deep canyon in the middle of a wild fluvial vegetation. Going on, wonderful are the reserve of the Stagnone in Marsala (Trapani) and the reserve of Trapani and Paceco where saltpans, windmills and nature matched themselves in a subsequence of colours and sceneries that leave tourists breathless.

Sicilian Reserves