Pollina

 

Dramatically situated atop a 730-metre rocky spur, and reached by a road of breathtaking switchbacks, Pollina’s situation gives unforgettable views across to the Tyrreneian sea, and Rocky outcrop, or Rocca, behind Cefalu, as well as to Madonie and Nebrodi mountain ranges. Pollina’s character was forged in the Middle Ages and the maze of narrow streets making up its town centre retain a charming medieval character and steeped in Sicilian history. 

 

In common with many Sicilian towns in this area, the Ventimiglia built a castle here in the 14th Century, but the sole remnant of this is a tower, which now gives a home to the Ethno-anthropological Museum, a place to absorb some interesting Sicily facts. 

 

The local Pietrarosa, or pink stone, gives its name to the theatre Teatro di Pietrarosa, which in summer is host to a season of classical theatrical productions.

 

The town’s Chiesa Madre or Mother church, dedicated to St. John and St. Paul, dates from the 16th century and houses a fine Nativity and a Madonna delle Grazie by Antonello Gagini. The exterior features bas-relief panels representing the Resurrection of Christ. The Chiesa di San Giuliano, dedicated to Pollina’s patron saint, is a fine example of Romanesque architecture.