Cliffs of Taormina and Mount Veneretta (ITA030003)
Site type: SAC Special Conservation Area
Code: ITA030003- Hectares: 608 mm
It is a hilly area with mild reliefs at altitudes not exceeding 800 m, interspersed with river valleys or sometimes rivers. Geologically it is made up of rocks metamorphic with limestone outcrops. The bioclimate is between the thermo-Mediterranean and the mesomediteranean with ombrotype ranging from the lower subhumid to the lower wet. The natural vegetation is rather degraded and is represented by deciduous woodland formations with Quercus virgiliana. Frequent are the replacement aspects such as the scrub with Euphorbia dendroides or Bupleurum fruticosum, the grasslands with Ampelodesmos mauritanicus and those with Hyparrhenia hirta. Along the watercourses, we can sometimes find ripisilve with plane trees and willows or, more rarely, oleander formations. Frequent, even if very localized are the casmophilous formations of the Asplenietea trichomanis and those of the dripping walls of the Adiantetea.
It is a very disturbed and degraded site due to the considerable anthropization. From the naturalistic point of view, the main emergencies are the few flaps of deciduous forests and the rocky stations that host a fairly specialized chasmophilous flora, characterized by various endemisms. They are also found various entities that in the regional area are rare or considered to be of significant phytogeographic interest, in turn mentioned in the list in section 3.3 (D). site hosts a birdlife of particular value within an area that as a whole is significantly urbanized and intensely exploited for purposes tourist. The site also contains numerous species of invertebrates, some of which are endemic, while others, in Sicily, are currently known only for Taormina area.
Source: Ministry of the Environment Natura 2000 form
Ministerial data: Natura 2000 form
Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero
Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily