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Serra Pedace (CS)

A small jewel in the mountains of Sila

Serra Pedace is a mountain municipality located on the ridge of the Cardone river and makes up part of Sila National Park.
In addition to the hamlet of Silvana Mansio, it includes the territories of Serra Cappella, Macchia Sagra, Righio and San Nicola Silano.
In the pleasant, picturesque district of Serra Pedace amidst the green chestnut trees, make the most of your visit by exploring the church of the patron saint San Donato V.M., the church of the Immaculate Conception and the Presila Ecological Museum.
 
Every year, Serra Pedace hosts the feast of the patron saint and the chestnut festival, which are now in their 25th years.
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This territory is home to the small, enchanting village of Silvana Mansio which is renowned for its small wooden houses that seem to have come straight from the pages of a fairy tale.
 
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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.

 
Church of San Donato, Bishop and Martyr

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.

 
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Silvana Mansio

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.

 
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Via delle vette - Ski slopes

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.

 
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Presila Ecological Museum

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.

 
Gastronomy

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.

 


 


Address Via Roma, 126
  87050 Serra Pedace (CS)
Phone number 0984 436752
Fax 0984 436093
Website www.serrapedace.info
 

 

Palazzo Campagna

The building is located in via Contea. It has a majestic 17th century carved portal.

Palazzo Mollo – Adami

It stands in piazza Vittorio Veneto, and keeps an early 17th century portal carved with flowers and spirals.

Memorial to the fallen of the two World wars

Two plaques reporting the names of the soldiers fallen for their country stand in Piazza Vittorio Veneto in memory of the soldiers who died during the two World Wars. In the middle, the bronze statue representing Italy has a star on top, the symbol of the Nation, and a laurel wreath in one hand, the symbol of glory.

Ruined Dominican monastery

It is located at the entry of the town in the area popularly called Croce. Only few remains of the walls of the 16th century monastery are still visible. The area where it stood belonged to the Dominicans.

Church of Madonna di Monte Oliveto – Easter Monday

The Church of Madonna di Monte Oliveto is located in the municipality of Pedace but, following an ancient tradition, after the Mass the statue is carried  in procession around Serra Pedace streets too. The devotion was spread by the Olivetan monks from Arezzo, whose ancient monastery can still be admired. An ancient altarpiece depicting Madonna with Child, and the landscapes of the two towns at their feet, as to protect them, stands in the central apse of the church.

 

Festival of Saint Donatus Bishop and Martyr (patron saint) – Second Sunday of August

Prior to the festival, novena is preached following up-to-date themes specified by the Church, and it culminates in the Eucharistic celebration officiated by the parish priest together with a preacher father. In the afternoon, the solemn procession, preceded by a marching band, takes place. On the way back to the church, the statue of the Patron saint is carried on shoulders by a group of  faithful who go around the large square many times to invoke protection and help. The festival ends in the evening, with music shows and  fireworks. “Cuccìa”, a local delicacy made of wheat and pork meat, is traditionally served on this day.

 

Saint Alexander’s Day – August 26

Celebrations take place in the forested district of Silvana Mansio.

After the ritual celebrations (mass and procession) visitors can enjoy traditional games and music shows.

 

Chestnut Festival - October

The Chestnut Festival is the feast of sounds, tastes and flavors. This is a way to welcome fall by celebrating the fruit that, historically, together with coal and dairy products, were the basis of the main economic activities of the area. It takes place at the end of October and offers chestnut-based recipes, exhibitions, trips into chestnut forests and a lot of delicious roast chestnuts. The event is accompanied by the sound of drums evoking very deep emotions. 

Church of San Donato, Bishop and Martyr

The Latin cross church was built in the 14th century in the Romanic style. A stairway with two flights leads to the Church entrance.  The main body of the building is higher than the wings. It has three portals and three naves. The ceiling of the central nave was decorated in 1951 with frescoes by Settimio Tancredi from Pietrafitta. The right nave houses four altars dedicated to Saint Lucy, the Sacred Family, Saint Francis of Paola and the Deposition of Christ respectively. A wooden baptismal font and a painting depicting Saint John baptizing Jesus (dated 1889) stand in the left nave. Four steps lead to the marble main altar overlooked by a large canvas depicting “The visit of the Magi”. The fine wooden choir was carved in 1871 by  Giuseppe Legnetti who also made the entrance screen.

Church of Immacolata

The single nave Gothic style church was built in the 16th century. It is located in the middle of the town. A rose window decorates the façade. The quadrangular bell tower is adorned with mullioned windows with two and three lights. The church houses the decorated marble main altar, the altar with a 19th century painting of Our Lady of the Rosary and the altar dedicated to the Immaculate Conception displaying the coat of arms of the Adami family. A 19th century canvas depicting the Deposition of Christ stands centrally in the nave.

Church of San Giovanni

The 19th century small church was abandoned many years ago. Inside, even the marbles that covered the altar were robbed.  The façade is adorned with a fine portal and some mullioned windows giving light to the liturgy room.

Church of S. Maria di Costantinopoli "Cona"

This small church was built in the 17th century. It has a rectangular single nave with a plank ceiling. Two niches are located along the inner side walls. The three windows that are visible today were found in 1997 during restoration works. The church keeps a wooden altar carved with golden decorations by 17th century Calabrian workers. The painting that stands on the altar replaced an ancient artwork destroyed by a fire. The entrance is adorned with an intrados arch, made of Mendicino stone, and a wooden portal. The building stands in the upper area of the town and it is known as the Church of the “Cona”.

Church of Sant’Alessandro

The small church was built in the 1930s in the charming mountain area of Silvana Mansio. A rose window adorns the plain façade and the portal has a mosaic on top. 



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