Si Trova: a nord dell'Etna
Lat: 37° 59' 22.31366" N - Long: 15° 2' 31.88039" E
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A little further north of Etna, surrounded by silence, between the Nebrodi and the Peloritan mountains, there are the enormous and mysterious rocks of the Argimusco plateau.
These are sandstone rockswith rare beauty shapes; shaped by atmospheric agents or perhaps by human hands, these make this a magical place.
We are inside the Bosco di Malabotta oriented nature reserve, in a very panoramic point with a view of Mount Etna, the Aeolian Islands and the surrounding mountains.
Actually, has never been addressed a serious and systematic study about this site, but over time the Sicilians have given a name to each figure that the rocks represent; so there are among the most suggestive the eagle rock and that of the praying lady, 25 meters high, the rock of the warrior, the rock of the face, the rock of the tower, the rocks with the symbols of man and woman, and many others depicting spheres, eyes, geometric shapes.
Many rocks host more shapes, recognizable depending on the side from which they are observed.
Near the "Rupe dell'acqua" there are some tanks of which one has a regular shape of one and a half meters and 45 centimeters.
There are two main hypotheses concerning the origin of this site: one would date it back to about 6000 years ago, in prehistoric times, the other argues instead that it is of medieval origin, and according to this theory it would be an astronomical site used to cure King Frederick III through the use of leeches in a context that recalled the celestial constellations (eagle, virgin, etc.).
However, the theory according to which only the same nature would have modeled these rocks through water and wind erosion remains.
However, visit the Argimusco and you will be enchanted by the atmosphere of one of the most precious and least known corners of Sicily!
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