ancient Greek colony lies south of Lentini, a small agricultural
town most relying on citrus fruits cultivation. It was greatly affected
by the earthquake of 1693. The centre of town is marked by the Chiesa
Madre dedicated to Sant'Alfio (a hugely popular saint here and in
the hamlets around Etna); preserved in its paleo-Christian under-ground
vault are the relics, it is alleged, of St. Alfio, St. Filadelfio
and St. Cirino, as well as a 9th century Byzantine image of the
Hodegetria Madonna. Relics from excavations at Leontinoi are dislayed
at the Archaeological Museum.
is easiest via Carlentini. This area has been inhabited since protohistoric
times (as the bases of huts on Collina di Metapiccola testify: these
rnay be reached by a track that leads off to
right from the entrance to the archeological zone). In 729 BC it
was targeted by the Chalcidians of Naxos as a good place to found
a colony. It was here that the philosopher Gorgias was born. Excavations
have brought to light remains of various monumental pyramidal tombs
and walling beyond. The Syracusan gate serves as the main entrance
to the town. The way leads on towards what is assumed to be the
site of an acropolis (on Colle San Mauro) where vestiges of a temple
have been found. The track climbs up past the circular base of a
possible defence tower. From the top,
a wonderful view extends over Lentini and, in the distance, a man-made
lake known as theBiviere.
The mount to the left is Colle di Sant'Egidio where the town's necropolis
was located, complete with tombs excavated from the base rock.
del Biviere – In the Contrada Biviere; from Lentini railway
station turn right and follow the sign for SP 67 to Valsavoia. By
the fork in the road on the right, stands a villa with a large green
entrance. According to legend, when Heracles came to these parts
intending to present the skin of the Nemean lion to Ceres, he fell
in love with the area and created a lake which would bear his name;
this was subsequentiy changed to Biviere (to mean ‘drinking
trough’ or ‘fish-farm’) during the Arab occupation.
The house was built on the eastern edge of the lake which was in-filled
during the 1930s, when it came to be restored to its original state.
It was made smaller and removed to some distance frorn the villa.
The lovely gardens that now surround the house were initiated in
1967 at the behest of the Borghese princes. They comprise a broad
variety of Mediterranean species including yuccas, palms, flowering
trees (Jacaranda, originally from Brazil, and Judas trees), together
with more exotic plants such as Xanthorrea arborea and Encefaloartus
horridus, the silvery blue Prickly cycad which was thought to exist
only in fossil form before it was discovered growing in Tanzania.
The stone jetties of the old port are home to a fine collection
of succulent plants.
Porto Palo di Capo Passero
Eremo San Corrado
Laghetti Di Avola
Marina Di Avola
Marina Di Noto
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