The heart of the small village is Piazza IV Novembre, also known as Piazza Mmìenzu U Làrgu, which is home to the symbol of San Pietra in Amantea: an Oriental Plane tree. This monumental tree, traditionally named u Chiuppu, has a perimeter of 474 cm. In the same square you will find a beautiful fountain known as u zu Tittu which was built in 1900.
Of particular historical and architectural interest are the church of the Madonna delle Grazie, located in Largo Madonna delle Grazie; the mother church of San Bartolomeo, in Via del Popolo; the ruins of the ancient church of San Bartolomeo, in Via Margherita; and the Monument to the Fallen, in Piazza IV Novembre.
The old ruins of the ancient church of San Bartolomeo have been transformed into the Centre for Calabrian Goldsmithing, where the area’s best local crafters hold regular exhibitions.
From the village it is easy to access the mountains of the Coastal Chain and the beaches of the nearby Amantea, which are very popular among tourists.
For an enjoyable trek, take the route that starts from the town centre and climbs up the surrounding mountains. The various rest points along the way are the perfect points from which to appreciate the stunning Mediterranean landscape.
The church is the parish church of the village and is dedicated to its patron saint. The current building has a modern appearance due to the reconstructions carried out in recent centuries, as evidenced by the style of the facade.
The church of Madonna delle Grazie, which houses paintings and sculptures by local 19th-century artists, is also well worth a visit. The church plays a pivotal role in the life of the village since the feast of Our Lady of Grace is held there every year. This event, held every year on 2 July, is very important to San Pietro’s locals and attracts many worshippers.
The main monument of San Pietro in Amantea is u Chiuppu, a monumental Oriental Plane tree with a perimeter of 474 cm that stands majestically in Piazza IV Novembre.
According to local tradition, the tree grew by mistake as it was only planted as a support pole for a young acacia. In the following months, the acacia did not take root, but the plane tree grew to become the village’s most important tree.