San Giovanni la Punta

Province of Catania

San Giovanni La Punta is an ancient village rich in history and traditions which was ruled by some of the most important noble family in Sicily.

The first settlement of San Giovanni la Punta was called San Giovanni De Nemore, deriving from the Latin word “nemus” which means forest. After a violent eruption that stopped in front of a sculpture of San Giovanni Evangelista, the town changed its name to the current one. The village was included in the city of Catania for a long time and only in 1646 it was acquired by the Massa family, dukes of Aci Castello, who ruled the feudal town until the abolition of the feudal rights. In 1693, the village, which hosted only 1,200 inhabitants, was completely destroyed by a strong earthquake.

Today it is possible to visit two beautiful ancient churches that survived the earthquake; the Church of San Giovanni Battista, built in 1380 and renovated in 1728 and the Santuario Madonna della Ravanusa, erected in the 17th century.

People live here: 

22.819

How to get there:

By Car:

From Catania

Get A18dir and Via Catira to Via Fò in San Giovanni La Punta. Follow Via Duca D’Aosta and Via della Regione/SP8ii-iv to SP8iii.

Accommodations:

Ares Hotel 3*

http://www.areshotel.it/

Hotel Villa Paradiso dell’Etna 4*

http://www.paradisoetna.it/

Garden Hotel 4*

http://www.gardenhotelcatania.com/it/

B&B Villa Hortensia  

Via Zara, 9

Ph. +39 095 277230  Mobile: +39 334 1461933

UNA Hotel Palace 4* 

http://www.unahotels.it/it/una_hotel_palace/hotel_palace_catania_landing.htm

Grand Hotel Baia Verde 3*  Catania

http://www.baiaverde.it/IT/

Il Principe Hotel 3* Luxury  Catania

http://www.ilprincipehotel.com/ 

Restaurants:

Ristorante Giardino di Bacco

http://www.giardinodibacco.com/

Al Ritorno Ristorante italiano

Viale Cristoforo Colombo

Ph. +39 095 751 1876

Pizzeria La Rosa

Piazza Lucia Mangano, 18

Mobile: +39 339 889 2820

La Casa Rusticale

http://www.lacasarusticale.it/

Mosto Muto Ristorante

Via Santa Lucia, 4

Ph. 095 288 1133

Antica Fornace Pizzeria

http://www.anticafornace.org/

Pizzeria da Alessio

http://www.pizzeriadalessio.it/

Pizzeria al 284

Via Roma 284

Mobile: +39 3488417420

La Pigna

http://www.paradisoetna.it/ristorante-hotel-catania.php?lingua=1

Ristorante il Melograno

http://www.ristoranteilmelograno.org/

Rossopomodoro Catania Le Zagare

http://www.rossopomodoro.it/ristoranti/CATANIA/catania-le-zagare