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:
Get on A18 to Catania, exit Giarre.
Get on A18 to Messina, exit Paesi Etnei or Acireale
Airone Wellness Hotel 3*
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 Aria dell’Etna
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
Via Alcide De Gasperi, 2, Zafferana etnea CT, Italy
Ph.+39 095 708 3843
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
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