Equipped Area Monte Ganzaria State Property
Starting from S. Michele Ganzeria, along the SS 24, head towards Piazza Armerina. After passing the last houses of the aforesaid municipality of departure, follow the signs for Azienda Agrituristica Orrigo. Follow this road, partly paved and partly white, and after about 3 km you will arrive at the entrance to the State Property. Continue for about another kilometer and at the height of the ruins of Case Montagna, visible from the small road, near the bridge over the stream or Vallone Eremita, the equipped area we wanted to reach will appear on the left. The receptivity of this area is given by over twenty tables and benches in chestnut wood, several cooking points in masonry with several burners, fountains with spring water; waste bins and other small structures, suitable to allow many hikers and hikers a minimum of comforts in the woods.
The tree cover of this area is made up of Mediterranean pines which cover the entire forest property extended to about 1500 hectares. Other forest plants present are the downy oak, cypress and eucalyptus as well as cork oak and pear trees, the latter very numerous. The undergrowth is rich in thorny gorse and cysts and many interesting is the presence of different species of spontaneous orchids. From the equipped area it is possible to make excursions on foot along the various paths of the Ganzaria wood in order to observe the naturalistic elements of this beautiful area of the Sicilian hinterland.
Location San Michele di Ganzaria,
-> Presence of architectural barriers
Possibility of picnics thanks to: 5 cooking points, 20 tables, for a total of 200 seats
1 points of non-drinking water
Height 400 m.
Department of Regional State Forestry Company
Territorial Office of Caltagirone TEL. 0933-58374, Forest District N ° 5, Provincial Office of Catania Company TEL. 095-7282211
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Note on Sources
The information on the equipped state-owned areas has as its main source the Internet site of the Regional Forestry Department of Sicily (constantly updated) to which is added a very interesting brochure entitled "The State Equipped Areas in Sicily" of the same department published in 1999 with the Editorial Coordination of the 8th Group - Promotion, Development and Research, editors Agostino Gatto and Valeria Restuccia. Further information was obtained from direct access to the areas and from interviews with experts and operators in the sector.
For official information and updates to the lists, please refer to the pages of the site of the Sicily region - Department of the Regional State Forestry Company