Crown Jewel of the Madonie

February 20, 2014 / Places
Polizzi Generosa, Sicily

Polizzi Generosa, on the western slopes of the Madonie Mountains attracts hikers, cyclists and skiers to the nature reserve, the Parco Regionale delle Madonie, with its footpaths and biking trails in the summer and ski runs during the winter. There was ice on the roads as we reached the city, in its high position there in the mountains. The highest of these peaks reaches about 6000 feet and there was snow visible at the higher elevations. The four seasons were represented in the terrain around us. There was the snow, some trees just turning fall colors of orange and golden, with wildflowers and green fields below!

Connelly_near Polizzi
Connelly_View from Polizzi
Connelly_Polizzi Piazza

The archeological museum houses the treasures from a Hellenistic necropolis unearthed when they were building a school there in the year 2000. It’s a wonderful collection of pottery and household objects that date from the 4th century BC. Like Palermo, the town traces its history through Byzantine, Arab and Norman influences. In fact, in 1082, Roger I gave the Polizzi territory to his niece Adelasia, who greatly influenced the development of the town. It is said that the people of Polizzi were always welcoming to all the noble and royal families who passed through and was nicknamed “Generosa” (kind) by King Frederick II of Swabia in 1232. It was also quite progressive, as in 1901 it was the first Sicilian town to have electric lighting!

Personally, I was able to search back as far as the records go – to the 1700s – but still have this sense of wonder about how far back my family’s roots go in this beautiful, ancient village about an hour’s drive from both Cefalu to the east and Palermo to the west.

ancestor books
Connelly_Polizzi Chef
Connelly_Polizzi Antipasti
Connelly_Polizzi street
Connelly_Polizzi Tower
Connelly_Polizzi Palm-Building
Connelly_Polizzi People-Shops

Connelly_Polizzi Panorama

Rosemary and Bob Connelly

by Rosemary and Bob Connelly

Artists who fulfilled their dream to “Live Cheap and Make Art” in Italy. Their website showcases their watercolors and photographs.

7 Responses to “Crown Jewel of the Madonie”

  1. Yes, it is lovely, isn’t it, Rosemary and Bob. Your photos are amazing Bob. They catch the real essence

  2. Anne Robichaud

    Yes, a fascinating area, the Madonie…we always try for a bit of exploration there when in Palermo visiting husband Pino’s family..thanks, Rosemary for bringing to the attention of all

  3. Anna Mangus

    How beautiful to see such diverse terrain in this island territory. Such rich history, and an interesting story about an area I have never heard about!

  4. marjorie Morris

    This is so interesting,and the photo’s are just beautiful! Sure does make me wish I was there in person, one can dream right?
    Thank You for this pleasureable trip

  5. So glad I see you on! Very interesting article that includes great photos by Bob. Hope to visit this village whenever I visit Sicily again. Thanks for sharing! Your local USA friend and historical link to Baucina, Sicily – Maria


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