Natura & Cultura

Vaporous Caves of San Calogero

The myth of Daedalus in Sciacca

The legends that surround Sicily are many, and are all steeped in charm and mystery, aimed at discovering the beauty of our island. Sciacca, in particular, is a city that fascinates in every cultural aspect: culinary, traditional, historical and legendary.

In particular in Sciacca, in addition to the legend of Rocca Regina, Oleander dell'Inveges, you will also hear a story known thanks to the story of the myth of Daedalus.

At the Vaporose Caves of San Calogero present inside Monte Kronio, you can admire a cave a couple of meters wide and a dozen long, with about twenty stone seats carved into the wall.

It is said that the creation of these seats were born thanks to the ingenious Greek architect Daedalus, inventor of lead and the famous labyrinth of the Minotaur.


The myth tells that Daedalus fled Crete because of the wrath of King Minos, who found him guilty of helping his wife Pasiphae betray him with a bull, building for her a wooden cow that would allow the relationship.

Following this episode, Daedalus and his son Icarus were imprisoned in the labyrinth, built by Daedalus himself, in order to imprison the Minotaur. The two managed to escape thanks to the wax wings built by Daedalus, but Icarus, flying too close to the sun, melted the wax wings and died, falling into the sea.

However, science teaches us that the closer we get to the sun, the colder the temperature gets and therefore Icarus did not fall because of the sun, but because of the steam coming out of the vaporous caves.

Thanks to the 5 Senses Diffused Museum of Sciacca of which we are part of the BfB Residence San Marco, you can visit the Caves of San Calogero for free: in winter the volunteers will welcome you on the weekend in the morning from 10:00 to 12:00, while in the summer both in the morning and in the afternoon from 18:00 to 20:00.

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