Take a steep hill and fill it with houses, as if you want to put a scarf on its extremities. You’ll get a village. Add a medieval castle, a tower and a theatre made just of stones. Now we have dressed with fascination our place. You won’t need imagination to reach it, it is a stone’s throw away from Palermo, in the heart of the Madonie Park, its name is Pollina.
In the eight kilometres space which separates the town from the sea, there is a path to a place that seems unreachable, yet you will suddenly find it before your eyes in all its bare simplicity. You’d better park your car on the top, following the signs to the stone theatre, and then lose your way, on foot, among the narrow alleys of the town. One morning will be enough to visit the main places of interest.
Let’s start from the viewpoint which overlooks the Madonie. Pink dolomitic stone will guide you to see the proscenium of a theatre which seems to caress the rock that surrounds it. Turn 360 degrees around and you will have the opportunity to see a gorgeous valley, the peculiar open air parterre and the houses built around the walls of what remains of an old XIII century castle. Standing up high, there’s a Saracen tower guarding all this beauty.
You’ll think you are inside a Greek age theatre, but it is a work whose modernity has managed to enrich the place that surrounds it.
The tour doesn’t finish here. In fact, there are several restored churches which are worth a visit during your walk. We must mention San Giuliano, Madonna della Catena e della Pietà and finally the mother church, where the Madonna delle Grazie by the sculptor Antonello Gagini is conserved.
If you wish, you can also pop to the museum of manna in piazza Duomo. Then go down again and feel the scent of the sea. You will enter Finale, the maritime suburb of Pollina where you’ll finally say goodbye to the waves below the late sixteenth century Spanish watchtower.