Zafferana Etnea

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Zafferana Etnea is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Catania in the Italian region Sicily, located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) southeast of Palermo and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Catania.

Zafferana Lava

The municipality of Zafferana Etnea contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Fleri, Pisano, Petrulli; Sarro-Civita, Passopomo, Airone-Emmaus, Poggiofelice, and Caselle. Zafferana Etnea borders the following municipalities: Aci Sant'Antonio, Acireale, Adrano, Belpasso, Biancavilla, Bronte, Castiglione di Sicilia, Giarre, Maletto, Milo, Nicolosi, Pedara, Randazzo, Sant'Alfio, Santa Venerina, Trecastagni, Viagrande.

The town spread around the Priory of San Giacomo, founded in 1387 in the upper part of the Valle del Bove, the point of confluence of the lava streams from Etna's Eastern craters which frequently have destroyed the town, which has always been rebuilt. Zafferana Etnea was threatened by the 1992 volcanic eruption of Mt. Etna. It is now a summer resort with views of landscapes toward both the mountain and the sea.

The second Sunday in August is the Festa of Madonna della Provvidenza. There is a festival of grapes, bottled fruit, mushrooms, honey, wine and chestnuts in October.

Zafferana, along with Nicolosi, is now regarded as one of the major tourist stopping points for summer and winter expeditions to the summit of Mt. Etna. A recent volcanic eruption happened April 3, 2013. Ash was sent all over the town and made a huge mess. The wet ash was like cement and it was waterproof, so it could not be flooded with water.


To visit

  • Church of St. Mary of Providence.
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie, a subsidiary of the mother church.
  • St. Joseph parish church, village Pisano Etneo.
  • Parish Church St. Vincent Ferrer (new), Sarro district. Zafferanamunicipio
  • St. Vincent Ferrer Church (old), Sarro district.
  • Church Santa Maria del Buon Consiglio, Spoligni district.
  • Church dell'Annunziatella, Pisanello district (dilapidated, privately owned).
  • St. Anthony of Padua Church, Passopomo district.
  • Votive shrine of Our Lady of Providence
  • Votive shrine of the Madonna of Providence, Dagalone district.
  • Votive shrine of St. Vito martyr.
  • Votive shrine of the Holy Redeemer, Fleri fraction.
  • Votive shrine Madonna delle Grazie, Fortino district .
  • Palazzo Municipale
  • Villa Manganelli
  • Ottobrata event

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