NATURALISTIC HANGOUT OF THE RIVER PLATANI

THE HANGOUT OF THE SICANI’S MOUNTAINS AND THE PLATANI RIVER’S VALLEY

There is a place in Sicily where nature has concentrated many of its treasures and where man, despite his destructive tendencies, has managed to maintain a good relationship with his surroundings without causing any irreversible damage.

It is a place where history and legend, reality and imagination, prose and poetry converge and merge in a unicum rooted in the customs, traditions and lifestyles of the inhabitants who for thousands of years have lived in harmony with the land and with its river, shaping it in such a way as to make it appear like a mirage to the eyes of the traveller who arrives from the  Tyrrhenian coast of the island and looks south just beyond the Quisquina mountains.

It is the Platani Valley, or rather the area along the River Platani which over the centuries has seen the presence of Sicanians, Greeks, Carthaginans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Suevi and Spaniards who have each left their mark and have changed the landscape without degrading it. Visit archaeological remains, Minoan sites, traces of zinc and rock salt mines, Arab and Byzantine villas, grottos, water sources, ancient walls, the remains of towns of which only the Latin, Greek, Arab names survive, primordial woods with their eternal inhabitants,  relax the spirit and enter into devotional contact with a universal life force.

The area around the towns of  S. Stefano Quisquina, Cammarata, S. Giovanni Gemini, Bivona, Alessandria della Rocca, Cianciana, S. Biagio Platani, Sant’Angelo M., Castronovo di Sicilia, Lercara Friddi, Mussomeli, Acquaviva Platani, Casteltermini, Sutera, Campofranco, Cattolica Eraclea, Ribera, that are similar in their culture, habits, traditions, customs and in their use of the land,  (that is why the poet Alessio Di Giovanni named it the Valplatani), is still people-oriented and life flows as calmly as the water of the River Platani. Over the centuries, the rhythms of the river have drawn the attention of historians, writers and poets who have portrayed the incidents of both man and nature.