CAVES AND MARBLE QUARRIES

The timeless village and the marble city

Visit the enchanted village in Scurati near Custonaci, an ancient prehistoric settlement, today a speleological geo-site. Transformed from a prehistoric shelter into a micro-village in the nineteenth century by the Mangiapane family, who lived there until the early 50s, building small houses and commercial activities of the time, today it is the natural home of the nativity scene and the living museum.

As in a journey back in time, walking through this village frozen in time and looking at doors and windows you can see the everyday life of all trades: cobbler, tailor, puppet, ..... and all farm animals.

 

Grotte di mangiapane

We leave this place, to discover the marble heart of these mountains. Also called Botticino di Sicilia, this marble is appreciated and requested in the whole world. Its success is due to its particular impact resistance, its beautiful color characterized by a light ivory background with white spots of calcite and veins on brown. The marble basin of Custonaci is considered the second most important in Italy.

Cava di marmo

The ingenuity and perseverance in transforming this hard stone into useful objects, in common use and in fundamental parts of our buildings, "from utility to art" are exhibited in the marble museum in the city of Custonaci, which we will visit as our last tour stop. To welcome us a man who has dedicated his life to the processing of marble in all its forms, and who tries to pass on a profession handed down to him for generations.

Where we will be

Located at the eastern end of the Gulf of Bonagia, Custonaci stands on a hill about 186 meters above sea level. It borders the municipalities of San Vito Lo Capo, Valderice, Buseto Palizzolo and Castellammare del Golfo, and faces north-west on the Tyrrhenian Sea, giving rise to the seaside village of Cornino. In the district of Scurati under the rocky ridge, the extension of Mount Cofano, there are several caves already used in prehistoric times as natural shelters.

What we will see

 Of nine caves, the Mangiapane caves are the largest, about 70 meters high, 13 wide and 50 deep, it is also called Grotta degli Uffizi. Among the numerous prehistoric findings, were found teeth and bones of animals, worked flints, obsidian and rock paintings still preserved at the Pepoli museum and the Ethno-Anthropological Museum of Paris. 

Who can join

Guests of all ages, suitable for children and those who want to know, discover and learn from those who came before us. Maximum eight people, for an unusual journey through time, comfortable shoes recommended.

Memories and emotions 

 A dive into prehistory and more recent history, through archaeological finds of great importance and the vicissitudes of a family that settled in this area, will make us feel like explorers of a different geological era. Nature and man chase each other in these mountains, carved out piece by piece over the years by man's constancy and ingenuity.