Pedara Etna is a place where you can experience a small Sicilian town cozied-up to the tallest stratovolcano in all of Europe which also happens to be on of the most active in the world. The town of Pedara is wonder to behold and happens to be a commune located in the metropolitan City of Catania in the Italian region of Sicily. It is situated 139 miles from Palermo and seven miles north of Catania. Its municipal borders are Pedara Mascalucia, Nicolosi, San Giovanni la Punta, Trecastagni, Tremestieri Etneo and Zafferana Etnea.
One of the most popular historical landmarks in Pedara is the Basilica S. Caterina. It is located on the Piazza Don Diego. It’s ornately decorated marble interior with breathtaking frescos interior and original bell tower make it a wonder to behold. Inside you will find three spectacular paintings by Mattia Preti which feature St. Catherine of Alexandria. A must see on your visit to Pedara.
As for accommodations in Pedara-Etna, there are a number of bed and breakfast accommodations to choose from. BeB Welcome, Etna B&B, B&B Delia and La Vite Bed and Breakfast are just a few you can choose from. A bed and breakfast in Italy is similar to a small hotel that includes breakfast. There are usually only a few rooms at most three or four that accommodate six to eight beds and the atmosphere in this type of lodging is warm, welcoming and authentically Italian. Your hosts will most likely be owners of the home or building that serves as the bed and breakfast. They will want to get to know you as well as provide information on the area that you are visiting and offer advice on sights to visit. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and be able to stay in Pedara for a few days so that you can see all of the sights that you want to.
If you are feeling adventurous and want to travel about ten miles out of Pedara, you can visit Mount Etna. It is Sicily’s highest mountain at 10,990 feet and is the oldest active volcano in the world. Mount Etna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So it’s no wonder it’s such a popular tourist destination. You can take various guided tours of Mount Etna depending on how much time you have and what you would like to see. Whether you just want to visit for a half a day and take a smooth train ride or stay from sun up to sun down and explore the more challenging excursions, there is something for everyone at Etna. No matter which way you choose to see Mount Etna, you’ll be treated to a heart-stirring, spine-tingling journey that you won’t soon forget.
Pedara-Etna is a gem of a location for your visit to Southern Italy. You’ll be delighted and amazed at all it has to offer.
Although Pedara is not directly accessible by train, a bus, taxi or car-hire can get you there from the nearby train stations which are: Mascali, Giarre-Riposto, Carruba or Guardia Mangano S.Venerina which are all on the Messina to Catania rail line offering high-speed regional and intercity service. You can also the convenience of flying into the Catania Fontanarossa Airport and then take the train up to one of the closer stations to Pedara. Refer to the Italy train map for an overall glimpse of the country's railway system.
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