Pollina is most known for the simple fact that it’s one of two places in the entire world to harvest manna, the sap that is from ash trees, and is filled with hidden gems. It’s home to approximately four thousand people, and is also one of the more popular tourist destinations while in Cefalu considering it’s an ancient labyrinth made of small, narrow streets. It’s situated on top of a rocky spur of approximately 730 meters, and has an incredible view of the Tyrreneian sea and the Rocky outcrop, also known as the Rocca. The Nebrodi and the Madonie are also visible from there as well.
The Sicilian Renaissance Treasure
The Chiesa Madre, which is the main church for the entire village, is home to the Madonna della Grazia and a number of statues which represent the Nativity, created by Antonello Gagini. This amazing Sicilian artist’s sculptors were extremely important when settled in Palermo, and came from the workshops that were introduced during Sicily’s Renaissance era by Antollo’s father, Domenico Gagini. They were introduced with Francesco Laurana, another artist, who has his own Madonna in the church as well.
The church itself is dedicated to St.Paul and St.John and dates all the way back to the 16th century. The exterior of the church has bas-relief panels featured that represent the Resurrection of Christ. The Chiesa di San Giuliano is dedicated to the patron saint of Pollina, and is an amazing example of Romanesque architecture that boasts ancient history at its finest.
The Teatro di Pietrarosa
Translated to the Theatre of Pietrarosa in English, this structure has been made into a model of Greek and Roman theaters, which puts on classical performance plays during the summer months. While in or around that location, you are able to enjoy the mountainous panorama, which even the locals stop to take in.