The province of Palermo

Polizzi Generosa


Veduta della città
Photo © Municipality of Polizzi Generosa

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Detail of the city

Polizzi Generosa (Zip Code 90020) is 119 km. far from Agrigento, 84 km. from Caltanissetta, 159 km. from Catania, 62 km. from Enna, 231 km. from Messina, 101 km. from Palermo, which province it belongs to, 207 km. from Ragusa, 217 km. from Siracusa, 200 km. from Trapani.

The municipality has 4.530 inhabitants and an area of 13.433 hectares for a density of population of 34 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises on a mountainous internal area and is 916 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in via Garibaldi n. 13, phone ++39 0921-649018 fax. 0921-688205. E-mail address is:

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The church of Sant` Eligio

Cereals, hazel-nuts, olives and dairying products are produced by its agriculture. The main breedings are cattle, sheeps and goatish. In the handicraft there are iron, wood, wool and pottery articles works.

The name of Polizzi has Greek origin and derives from Polis that means town. In medieval Latin it was changed into Politium.

Maybe it already had exsisted in the XI century, when the Earl Ruggero D'Altavilla made built a fortified castle. The small village gained the appositive of Generosa (generous) only in the XIII century by the king Fredrick II of Swabia.

In becoming under possession of different feudal families, Polizzi had a long period of economical and cultural growth.

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Palazzo Gagliardo

The Chiesa di S. Girolamo (Church of St. Jerome), with its peculiar octagonal plan, and the Chiesa di S. Francesco (Church of St. Francis), of the XIV century that keeps two chapels made by Gagini, represent the most interesting monuments to visit in Polizzi.

Also the Palazzo Gagliardo (Gagliardo Palace) is beautiful to visit and it is made in late-manneristic style.

From this small town it is Giuseppe Antonio Borgese (1882-1952) a famous literary man and maker of the word Crepuscolarismo , from it the homonymous literary current began its course, (the Crepuscolari is in fact a school of Italian poetry contrasting with the earlier splendours of D'Annunzio and characterized by a subdued choice of subject).

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