canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Fosso San Bartolomeo
At north the Sila massif begins with steep granite rocks covered by dense forests and Mediterranean bush, furrowed by deep and landsliding valleys, overlooking the splendid blue landscape of Sybaris bay, the Pollino range, the Upper Ionian mountains and villages. Below the valleys become fiumare, white crumbled and rounded rock beds that cross the narrow coastal plain cultivated with citrus and olive groves. In the plain rise the modern villages and towns teeming with life and cars, while the ancient villages rise on the hills behind. And they are really ancient: inhabited since prehistoric times, they preserve unique buildings and objects, like the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis (inserted in UNESCO's Memory of the World register).
At half of the mountainside, solitary and hidden in the woods, surrounded by inaccessible valleys, stands the abbey of Santa Maria del Patire,
from the Romanesque-Norman period, which preserves the remains of a grand mosaic floor similar to that of Otranto's cathedral.
I remember ...
Fosso San Bartolomeo is the first canyoning trail explored and bolted by Saverio Talerico.
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