Bosco Malabotta

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Bosco Malabotta

The Malabotta Wood is the wood par excellence. Outstanding is its ecological value, not only for the integrity, but also for enhanced environmental diversity, in relation to the extension in altitude of the reserve. From the geological point of view, in the north-central part of the area, creating the clayey-arenaceous sediments, the outlines of the hills are smooth and regular, in the southern portion, however, the presence of conglomerates and limestone cliffs explains the presence of such as those of Pizzo Castelluzzo, Serra Castagna, Daniele Pizzo and Pizzo Galera. In the reserve there, different habitats: forest, grassland, wet environments torrents and those rocks. Place between the end and the beginning of the Peloritans Nebrodi, the Malabotta Wood is one of the last forests ‘natural’ survivors in Sicily. It has, in fact, ancient oak trees, botanical relics of great value and a representative fauna forest habitat. It has an area of 32.21 square kilometers and is located in the center between the towns of Montalbano Elicona, Roccella Valdemone, Malvern, Francavilla di Sicilia, Tripura, Moio Alcantara, part of whose territories. Units range from 650-700 meters in the far southern edge of the reserve, up to the height of 1341 m of Monte Croce Mancina. Nature Reserve established by the Regional Plan, with DA 477 of 25.07.97 is being managed Company State Forests of Sicily. From the geological point of view, in the north-central part of the area, creating the clayey-arenaceous sediments and profiles of the hills are smooth and regular, in the southern portion, instead, the conglomerates of limestone cliffs that form as those of Pizzo Castelluzzo, Serra Castagna, Daniele Pizzo and Pizzo Galera. Coming from Floresta, E. Montalbano, Tripi or Roccella Valdemone you reach the entrance to the reserve at the foot of Monte Rosso, Argimusco location (where you can see the famous “Fortress”), continue until you reach the parking area where the paved road ends abruptly. From the parking lot you embark on the path downhill, passable by jeep, mountain bike, on horseback or on foot, in a large forest of beech, oak and chestnut, to the Forest Barracks Malabotta, no longer in use but does provide a shelter in case of rain or snow. Here is a small area equipped with a natural spring. The trail continues uphill, within a population of beech which are mixed specimens considerable holly, and you get up to the top of the Valley Ca Devanne. Turn left to reach the ridge at Serro Faita and so you can continue along the highest peaks of the Reserve (Pizzo Petrolo, 1337 m; voturi Rocca, m 1325; Monte Croce Mancina (1341 m) from where it drops down back to Monte Cerreto (1,280 m). path you can admire magnificent specimens of oaks and beeches, totally immersed in the woods, full of herbaceous plants. The dirt road is still very rough, among rocks forming authentic steps and dips due to water erosion. It is recommended not to venture with normal vehicles and to give up in case of rain or snow, although well equipped.

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