The village of Sortino is located in Sicily on Mounts Iblei.
 
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Municipality of Sortino
Province of Syracuse
Sicily Region

Population: 8.657
Altitude centre: 438 m s.l.m.

Unesco Site: 
Syracuse and the Pantalica rugged necropolis

the Municipality is part of:
Città del miele
Unesco World Heritage
Unione Valle degli Iblei

Protected Natural Areas:
Pantalica and Anapo Valley Reserve

Municipality of Sortino
Viale Mario Giardino - Sortino (SR)
Tel. +39 0931 917000

Sortino (Sciurtinu in Sicilian) is a valuable example of Sicilian Baroque, known for the production of honey and situated in proximity of the rugged Necropolis of Pantalica and the Anapo River.

The Necropolis of Pantalica (Buntarigah = caves) is one of the best known historical testimonies of the city, composed of five thousand grotticelle that were excavated from different generations of the hominids, perhaps from the first men of Neanderthal, certainly from the first Sapiens Sapiens of the Paleolithic and Neolithic. The opera was finally completed in prehistoric times by the people of the Civilization of Pantalica that has re-used as tombs.

The events that accompanied the village of Sortino in medieval age are linked to the noble family of the Moncada and subsequently to the heirs of Modica (1477). The fief of Sortino was granted by the empress Constance at Arnaldo Conte di Modica whose successors substantially remained until 1477, the year in which it was purchased by the family Gaetani Baroni, originating in Tuscany, whose ancestor, Guidone Gaetani, had moved to Palermo in search of fame and fortune.

The Gaetani will, for more than three centuries, the protagonists of the story, not only of Sortino but of the entire province of Siracusa. Emblematic was the aid that Peter Gaetani gave to the reconstruction of the country in the hill Aita, where it still is located after the devastating earthquake of 1693 that struck the entire Costa Orientale Sicula.

Culture sortinese, is part by now many years the Opira li Pupi (in Sicilian Language), in which are narrated the heroic deeds of the paladins of France. Between the stories more represented we the Orlando furioso; other representations staged are the famous "farces", comic scene narrated mainly in Sicily. Certainly the most important "puppet masters" sortinesi remain the "Puglisi", which from multiple generations handed down to us this art.

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Other destinations nearby

Ferla
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Siracusa - 8.77 KM from Sortino
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Siracusa - 15.2 KM from Sortino
Giarratana
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Ragusa - 23.93 KM from Sortino
Ortigia
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Ortigia is the island that constitutes the oldest part of the city of Syracuse, Sicily.
Siracusa - 25.9 KM from Sortino
Ispica
Ispica
The village of Ispica is located in Sicily in the Val di Noto.
Ragusa - 42.57 KM from Sortino
Aci Trezza
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Catania - 46.78 KM from Sortino

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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