Zafferana Etnea

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Zafferana Etnea

Zafarana  (Sicilian)
Comune di Zafferana Etnea
A monument in memory to the town surviving the lava flow.
A monument in memory to the town surviving the lava flow.
Location of Zafferana Etnea
Zafferana Etnea is located in Italy
Zafferana Etnea
Zafferana Etnea
Location of Zafferana Etnea in Italy
Zafferana Etnea is located in Sicily
Zafferana Etnea
Zafferana Etnea
Zafferana Etnea (Sicily)
Coordinates: 37°41′N 15°6′E / 37.683°N 15.100°E / 37.683; 15.100Coordinates: 37°41′N 15°6′E / 37.683°N 15.100°E / 37.683; 15.100
CountryItaly
RegionSicily
Metropolitan cityCatania (CT)
FrazioniFleri, Pisano, Petrulli; Sarro-Civita, Passopomo, Airone-Emmaus, Poggiofelice, Caselle
Government
 • MayorAlfio Russo
Area
 • Total76.87 km2 (29.68 sq mi)
Elevation
574 m (1,883 ft)
Population
(2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total9,607
 • Density120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Zafferanesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
95019
Dialing code095
WebsiteOfficial website

Zafferana Etnea (Italian pronunciation: [dzaffeˈraːna etˈnɛːa]; Sicilian: Zafarana [tsafaˈɾaːna]) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City 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.

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.

History[edit]

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.[4] It is now a summer resort with views of landscapes toward both the mountain and the sea.

Culture[edit]

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 volcanic eruption occurred 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  4. ^ Zafferana Etnea Journal; It's Plug Up Mt. Etna or Go the Way of Pompeii by Alan Cowell on April 25, 1992, New York Times

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