The welcoming town centre is nestled amidst green chestnut trees.
Piazza Vittorio Veneto, which is dominated by a large, centuries-old poplar tree, is the main meeting place for the locals of Serra Pedace. Every nook and cranny of the village hides picturesque views, underpasses that skirt around houses, and winding steps. Also found in this territory is Silvana Mansio, one of the most evocative places in Sila that takes the form of a small enchanted village with small wooden houses that look like something from a fairy tale.
This Romanesque style church with a Latin cross plan dates back to the 14th century and is accessed by a double flight of steps.
It features three stone portals and the interior has three naves. The ceiling of the central nave was frescoed in 1951 by Settimio Tancredi of Pietrafitta, whereas the right hand nave has four altars dedicated to Saint Lucia, the Holy Family, Saint Francis of Paola, and the Deposition, respectively. The left hand nave houses a wooden baptismal font and a painting of Saint John baptising Jesus, dated 1889.
The marble high altar which displays a large canvas depicting The Visit of the Three Kings, can be accessed by climbing four steps. The inlaid wooden choir made in 1871 by Giuseppe Legnetti, who also made the screen at the entrance, is of great artistic value.
Silvana Mansio is the jewel in the crown of the villages of Sila and is the only one that has managed to fully preserve the natural habitat. It features many wooden huts which blend in perfectly with the woodland environment. It is located in the heart of Sila National Park, just a few kilometres from the centre of Serra Pedace and roughly halfway between the ski resorts of Camigliatello and Lorica. It can be accessed via the main road from Camigliatello to San Giovanni in Fiore.
This small tourist village is immersed in a beautiful pine and beech forest and provided the perfect natural setting for the 1949 film Il lupo della Sila, starring Amedeo Nazzari and Silvana Mangano. Nowadays, it is a popular holiday resort featuring beautiful wooden and stone cottages built in full respect of nature.
The famous Via delle vette follows a twisting route at a dizzying height of over a thousand metres, with its highest point at Botte Donato (1928 m).
Along the way you will encounter giant, centuries-old beech trees and several springs of crystal clear water. The Colonnello and Carbonio springs are equipped with picnic areas for you to enjoy a refreshing break.
However, in the summer months these areas become very busy as they provide a popular place to seek some relief from the summer heat. Depending on the season, the area teems with the delicious and famous porcini mushrooms.
Built in the valley of Cavaliere, the ski lifts start from an altitude of 1405 and reach a height of 1877 on one side of the Monte Botte Donato complex.
At the top there are three ski slopes suitable for all abilities.
Built in 2004, the museum has sections on Paleontology (about 96 fossils from all geological eras), Mineralogy (minerals and rocks from Calabria, some of which are very rare), Entomology (lepidoptera and various insects), Fauna (the skulls of mammals that populate the Sila plateau) and a Library that contains books related to the various sections.
The museum offers (mainly to students) many opportunities to contribute to positive change in environmental sustainability.
A typical and flavoursome dish of Serra Pedace is the Cuccia (a savoury rice pudding-like dish), which is prepared for feasts.
Wheat of the 'carusa bianca” variety is cleaned and then soaked in water for at least 48 hours. It is then placed in a copper container where it is boiled until cooked. Meanwhile, pork is cooked separately.
Once the preparations are complete, alternating layers of the meat and wheat are arranged in earthenware jars and then put in wood-fired ovens for at least one night.
Traditionally, this dish is eaten on Sundays for breakfast and lunch.