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Polizzi Generosa (Palermo Province) is 78 km. from Palermo, alt. 920 m., in the southern Madonie at the summit of a hill in the upper north basin of River Imera North, area 134.3 sq. km., pop. over 4,600, post-code 90028, tel. 0921. Economy: agriculture (cereals, hazelnuts), industry (cheese-making, cement, prefabs).

The town appears to have developed in the late Middle Ages around the castle built by Roger I in 1076. Frederick II granted the town privileges and added to its original name the title of Generosa, probably because it was a rich and populous town, or because of the fertility of the land and the generosity of the inhabitants. In 1348, under Martin the Young, it became a city of the royal domain. Subsequently, it was a fief of various baronial families, before returning once again to the royal domain.

Of interest is the Palazzo dei Rampolla. The town hall occupies the former Jesuit College.

Churches (Cefalu Diocese) include the following:
Maria SS. Assunta (Chiesa Madre, 17th century)
Santa Orsola
Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore (16th century, historic)
Convento dei Domenicani (15th century, historic)

Links to other sites about Polizzi Generosa include:
Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
Sicilian Net

My latest book on CD is titled Sicily - A Reference for Researchers and is now available. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.

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