Pantalica: Cave of the Bats
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Pantalica: Cave of the Bats

Archaeological site falling within the archaeological area of Pantalica

 Cave of the Bats

cave_bats2At the end of the asphalted road, there is an additional parking for cars (North Parking), from here it is possible to take a path that descends towards the Calcinara valley, opposite, on the other side of the Calcinara, the Grotta dei Pipistrelli is visible, more easily accessible from the Sortino side. The Grotta dei Pipistrelli is the largest natural cavity in Pantalica. The cave was once used for the production of saltpetre and for the collection of bat manure. The first large room is 18 meters wide, 28 meters long and 11 meters high. Inside there is a narrow passage that forms a sort of corridor 12 meters long, with muddy soil and walls full of encrustations; crossing this corridor you enter another large room, very dark, 68 meters long and 30 high, where hundreds of bats nest from which the cave got its name: “A Rutta re Gaddariti”.



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Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

Photo: Ignazio Caloggero

Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Web 

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