SOURCE OF THE RIVER CIANE
The river Cyane, the scene of myths and legends, is one of the most charming areas of Syracuse. Known worldwide for its beautiful papyrus plants, similar to those found in the river Nile, is the largest settlement in Europe for the Cyperus Papyrus Linnaeus. The name probably comes from the greek “Cyanos”, which means blue-green, and refers to the particular colour of the water and the papyrus of these areas. Greek mythology tells us that the river was born of a young girl, Cyane, which was transformed into a source for having fight to obstruct the abduction of Proserpine. In these waters, the lush papyrus is surrounded by ash trees slightly moved by the breeze, poplars and willows. Amid this luxuriant aquatic vegetation found their shelter many species of resident and migratory birds.
The path, not so long, takes a maximum of two hours of pleasant walk. In the midst of thick reeds and papyrus plants high up to four meters, the route descends the first part of the River Cyane, from the sources to about the halfway point. After leaving the cars in the shade of majestic eucalyptus trees near the bridge, you can walk along the two banks connected by rustic bridges. For canoeists the river Cyane is the ideal place for a relaxing paddle. It is possible to go against the current from the mouth almost to the source. Near the mouth of the river there are also organized boat trips.
From the hostel to go right and straight ahead past the train station. Once you get to the roundabout turn left taking Via Columba. At the end turn right to Via Elorina. From there after a few kilometers you reach a bridge and the well visible mouth of the river, from which all the excursions start.