Zafferana Etnea

Province of Catania

Zafferana Etnea is a little village which is well known for its charming Baroque Churches. 

The territory of Zafferana was crossed, since the Roman domination, by an important road connecting the town of Tauromenium to Katane, providing an alternative route to the main Via Valeria that ran along the Ionian coast. This road allowed the Roman soldiers to escape from enemy attacks allowing them to reach Mount Etna and its woods. The current old town centre was founded in 1387 with the building of the Priorato di San Giacomo, a Benedictine monastery built in the Middle Ages. Later in 1694, the village was named “Zafarana” and then Zafferana Etnea.

The main holy places of the village are the Church Maria of SS della Provvidenza which is a well preserved example of Sicilian Baroque building made with the precious white stone from Syracuse and a black lava-stone staircase; and the Mother Church of SS del Rosario, built with three naves, impressive sacred printings and four chapels.

People live here:



Festa della Modonna della Provvidenza, holy festivity                                                                                                           Ottebrata Zafferanese, food festival with handmade and typical food markets.

How to get there:

By Car:

From Messina

Get on A18 to Catania, exit Giarre.

From Catania

Get on A18 to Messina, exit Paesi Etnei or Acireale


Airone Wellness Hotel 3*

B&B Etnabb 

Via Paracquara 16 (Check-In at Villa Rosa Etna, in Via G. Garibaldi 357), 95019 Zafferana Etnea, Italia

Monaci delle Terre Nere

B&B Etna Bike

Via delle Rose, 38, 95019 Zafferana Etnea CT, Italy

Mobile: +39 339 587 3468

B&B Villa Rosa Etna

B&B Poggiofelice

                                                                                                                                                                     B&B Aria dell’Etna


Trattoria Ardichetto

Villa Mirador

Ristorante Parco dei Principi

Ristorante Pizzeria Gli Aragona

Ristorante Pizzeria Moulin Rouge

Via Zafferana Milo, 21, Zafferana Etnea CT, Italy
Ph. +39 095 708 2424

Ristorante Il Castello di Bacco

Piazza Umberto 25/26, 95019 Zafferana Etnea CT, Italy
Ph. +39 095 709 3009

Ristorante Oro d’Etna

Il Porcino

Via Alcide De Gasperi, 2, Zafferana etnea CT, Italy
Ph.+39 095 708 3843

La Pentolaccia

Ristorante Pizzeria Al Monterosso 

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 1, 95019 Zafferana Etnea CT, Italy

Ph. +39 095 789 3400                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caracajada Pub Pizzeria

via roma 190, Zafferana Etnea

Mobile: +39 349 282 1993

La Perla Bianca

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 295/297, 95019 Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, Italy

Mobile:+39 340 8708137

Paper Pizza 

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 37, Zafferana Etnea CT, Italy
Mobile:+39 389 976 1352

Il Casale di Sarro

Via Sparavita, 8, 95030 Zafferana Etnea CT, Italy

Mobile: +39 336 470 045

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