The Malabotta Woods northern boundary is dominated by a group large quartz, sandstone rock formations. These rocks are more than a thousand metres above the sea level. The Tyrrhenian Sea can be seen on one side and the valley from the Alcantara river on the other.
Megaliti F Ed M -Ph. Ignazio Mannarano
The only sounds here are the rustling and chirping birds.
The Eagle – Ph. I. Mannarano
The easy walking path through the massive stones leads us to the cutouts for the Virgin in prayer, Monk, or Eagle. It appears to be in a “sacred spot”, which is why it has been compared with the British Stonehenge. We wonder if these colossuses were sacred rites or astronomical observatory sites for ancient peoples. Or maybe they were just beautiful, evocative sandstone rock formations that have been eroded by wind over the years.
They may not be the most beautiful, but they have been magnetized for millennia.
After the sunset, eleven constellations still shine brightly on the megaliths.
Tramonto all’Argimusco – Ph I. Mannarano
Even if we don’t care about legends, it is possible to just enjoy a walk among these oddly shaped rocks. This is a great place to have a picnic.
Our excursion ends in the medieval village Montalbano Elicona. This is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Italy. It boasts a magnificent castle that was the residence of Frederick II of Aragon.
Montalbano Elicona – Ph I. Mannarano