50km South of Siracusa you find the excellent Riserva Naturale di Vendicari which protects the local marshes, lagoons, dunes and disused saltpans from future development. The Riserva is one of the most representative wetlands of Europe. Among the beautiful beaches of fine sand and large marshes of brackish water is a wildlife oasis among the most important in Italy, the land of call for thousands of migratory birds en route to Africa, such as flamingos and herons.