Best hunting location in Sicily – Ficuzza Hunting Lodge

Ficuzza sunset, ©gerlos/Flickr

Ficuzza sunset, ©gerlos/Flickr

Sicily is a place with many diverse activities. There are several possibilities and ways to have fun here and among others there is hunting. At Ficuzza nature reserve and park you can practice the sport of hunting. Ficuzza is located in the mountains near Palermo, in Corleone. This location is the place where Ferdinando I used to go hunting during his reign in Italy.

In the middle of this hunting reserve there are two royal villas designed by Giuseppe Venanzio Marvuglia a master architect. One of these royal residences as a Chinese palace, the other the Ficuzza hunting lodge, built in Baroque style. The king came often here to hunt wolves, birds, rabbits and boars.

Touristic attraction

The hunting lodge of Ficuzza was not only used for hunting. Ferdinando I often came here with his mistresses and even had a secret door on the palace where they could sneak in and out. The lodge is open to the public hence it can be visited by tourists. Not all areas are open but its most spectacular part, the palace is a magnificent view. Being among the most extensive parks on the western side of Sicily it features a sanctuary, a hospital and an artificial lake, fed by Frattina River and it supports the waters of Palermo. The hunting lodge of Ficuzza is considered an interesting monument but it is not yet equipped well enough to offer much to visitors.

Horses at Ficuzza park, ©zri/Flickr

Horses at Ficuzza park, ©zri/Flickr

Outskirts of Ficuzza

In the surrounding region of Ficuzza there are vast woodlands and mountainous areas with the Rock of Bussambra being the highest peak of the rocky mountains of Sikania. Not only the lodge bears the name of Ficuzza, there is also a little town nearby running by the same name which was built to accommodate royal servants and retainers. In the past years the palace has been damaged and the trees and natural assets in the surrounding area were constantly vandalized, destructed or stolen but today the park stands in a well managed condition and offers and enjoyable sight for all visitors.

Ficuzza wood, ©Sbirsato/Flickr

Ficuzza wood, ©Sbirsato/Flickr

Ficuzza Wildlife

During the 19th century Ficuzza had a brilliant flourishing fauna which in the recent years is tried to be re-introduced so there will be birds of prey, boars and hare dwellings again. The results are mixed however it is obviously noticeable that preservation is a lot more important today than in the past years.

Ficuzza sunset, ©gerlos/Flickr

Ficuzza sunset, ©gerlos/Flickr

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