Cava d'Ispica: Park of the Force
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Cava d'Ispica: Park of the Force


Located at the south-eastern outlet in the lower Cava Ispica, the current toponym of the locality, “Forza”, derives from the vulgar corruption of Fortilitium, or “small fortress”. In fact, the fortified residence of the Statella family's feudal lords stood on the rocky spur. At the foot of the castle was the ancient town of Spaccaforno: both were destroyed by the earthquake of 1693. The area has returned traces of attendance starting from the early Bronze Age (ceramic finds found at the current entrance). The Antiquarium of the park houses finds between the first half of the bronze and 1693. The park can be reached by means of a descent carved into the rock ("hundred stairs") which starts from Cava Ispica, along which traces of Byzantine frescoes are visible and tombs. Inside the park it is possible to visit various monuments including: the Palazzo Marchionale, the "centoscale", the church of SS. Annunziata.

In April 2019 the implementing decrees of the Sicilian Archaeological Parks were signed and the Parzo della Forza was merged with that of Kamarina taking the name of "Archaeological Park of Kamarina and Cava D'Ispica " 

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

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