|The town of Santo Stefano
Tourism in Santo Stefano di Quisquina
At a very short distance from the little town of Santo Stefano di Quisquina, there is the sanctuary of St. Rosalia.
Immerse in a oak wood, 986 m. above the sea-level, it was built in 1760.
According to the legend, in a nearby cave lived St. Rosalia, count Sinibaldo's daughter, lord of these land in the 12the century, before she moved up to Mount Pellegrino, in Palermo.
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The small grotto is very impressive. the entrance is very narrow and the corridor taking to inside is so low that you have to get down on your hands and legs.
Once you get there you'll find St. Rosalia's statue, covered by ex voto and messages left by her devotees. The atmosphere and its silence are moving.
The inside of the church is decorated by frescoes by Manno brothers and in the high altar, with a carved antependium, there is St. Rosalia's statue, by Filippo Pennino (1756-1797) from Palermo.
It also possible to visit one of the rooms of the large hermitage where there are the mummified bodies of old monks.