The Nature Reserve of Grotta Monello and Palombara includes the Monello Cave which is considered one of the most important karst cave of Sicily.
The Nature Reserve of Grotta Monello and Palombara is a protected area of 60 hectares, set up in 1998 by the Sicily Region. The reserve was born to preserve the astonishing stalactites and stalagmites located in the Mondello cave.
Thanks to its incredible concretions which creates incredible natural sculptures the Monello Cave is considered one of the most important karst cave of Sicily and the most beautiful one located into the country. It is extended for 540 metres and it hosts small colonies of horseshoe bats and an endemic species of nettle known as the Urtica Riprestris.
Moreover the reserve also hosts the Palombara cave, a karst fossil cave formed by the erosion of the Anapo river. Here it is possible to admire numerous fossils dating back to the prehistoric Sicilian fauna such as wild boar, hippopotamus, deer, wolf, fox and uro.
How to get there:
Get on A18/E45 from Viale Paolo Orsi and SS124. Follow A18/E45 to Viale Felice Fontana in Misterbianco. Take exit Misterbianco from A18/E45. Continue on Viale Felice Fontana. Take Viale Lorenzo Bolano to Via Santa Sofia in Catania.