Dark sights in Southeastern Sicily
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The town of Ispica, about 12km southeast of Modica, is located at the head of the 13km-long gorge known as Cava d'Ispica. Long used as a Neolithic burial site, the caves were later transformed into cave dwellings in the Middle Ages. The gorge is tranquil and verdant and you can follow an overgrown path along the whole length of the valley.
The Necropoli dei Grotticelli is a honeycomb of Hellenistic and Byzantine tombs, one of which is wrongly ascribed to Archimedes. These catacombs, like the catacombs of Tyche, were once part of the underground aqueducts designed by the Greeks.