Si Trova: a 7 chilometri da Sciacca
Lat: 37° 31' 9.364024" N - Long: 13° 6' 55.10686" E
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Mount St Calogero is also called Mount Kronio.
It is a 395 meters high hill which is about 7 kilometers from Sciacca, of which it dominates the bay.
The name Kronio derives from a legend according to which this was the home of the Greek divinity Kronos, while the name San Calogero derives from the Basilica which stands on a cave where the holy hermit lived.
A trip to Mount Kronio allows you to discover with wonder the many "surprises" that this reserves in its summit; in addition to the basilica, which alone would deserve a visit, there are in fact a series of caves, among which the most famous is the "Stufa di San Calogero", affected by particular and interesting secondary volcanic phenomena consisting of emanations of salts sulphurous at a temperature of about 40 degrees.
The caves have been used since ancient times for their therapeutic properties, and are still used today by the thermal building located on the top.
Other caves are the Grotta del Lebbroso, the Grotta Gallo, the Grotta Cucchiara, the Grotta del Mastro, the Antro di Dedalo and the Grotta degli Animali.
An oriented nature reserve has been set up to protect those caves.
Recently, ancient majolica has also been found, including a jar in which traces of a wine dating back to about 6000 years ago have been found; it is therefore the oldest wine in Italy.
You can admire the finds at the antiquarium which also stands on the top.
Another surprise that the place reserves is the superb view of the coast, the plain of Sciacca and the inner hills.
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