We found a small note about the Riserva Naturale Cavagrande del Cassibile in our guidebook (also known as Laghetti Di Cavagrande- sometimes it is just signed Cavagrande) and were so glad that we checked it out. If you'd like to combine a short hike with a refreshing swim, it is a real gem. It is free but you have to sign in with the park attendant. The walk down to the gorge takes about 30 mins and is all steep steps and turns on rocky terrain. Have water with you (or take down a whole picnic lunch). I walked with hiking sandals and was fine. At the bottom there are the principal pools - a series of 3 or 4 (depending on how you count) fresh water pools after a brief hike going right, or other pools, going left. We didn't visit these other pools but get a sense that they were more shallow (but probably more private as well).
At the principal pools there is a bit of shade, flat areas on stones to spread towels, and cascading water falls leading to pools, some quite deep. The water is on the cool side but not cold, and deep enough is some places to dive in. There were lots of tadpoles in the shallower sections (June). It seems popular with tourists in the know (during the week there were a fair number of people but it wasn't crowded) and local twenty somethings (we went again on a Sunday and there were lots and lots of them).
With a picnic lunch, some towels and a few hours ahead of you, it is pure heaven.
The walk up is about 45 mins to an hour, depending on how many breaks you take. There is a bar/cafe up top (for ice cream or some other treat) and a vendor selling fruit.
A certain level of fitness helps but I saw someone walk down in a leg brace! Where there is a will there is a way.
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