Petralia Sottana

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Petralia Sottana
Comune di Petralia Sottana
Petralia Sottana is located in Italy
Petralia Sottana
Petralia Sottana
Location of Petralia Sottana in Italy
Coordinates: 37°48′N 14°5′E / 37.800°N 14.083°E / 37.800; 14.083Coordinates: 37°48′N 14°5′E / 37.800°N 14.083°E / 37.800; 14.083
Metropolitan cityPalermo (PA)
FrazioniPiano Battaglia, Landro, Tudia, Recattivo
 • MayorLeonardo Iuri Neglia
 • Total178.35 km2 (68.86 sq mi)
Elevation1,039 m (3,409 ft)
Population (30 November 2016)[1]
 • Total2,770
 • Density16/km2 (40/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code90027
Dialing code0921
Patron saintSt. Calogerus
Saint dayJune 18
WebsiteOfficial website

Petralia Sottana (Sicilian: Pitralìa Suttana) is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Palermo, in the island of Sicily, southern Italy. The main characters in Emanuele Crialese's 2006 film of Sicilian immigration to America, Nuovomondo, come from the town of Petralia.


The Madonie Mountains cover the commune.

The commune is on the border between the Metropolitan City of Palermo and the Province of Caltanissetta . It is bounded by the communes of Alimena, Blufi, Caltanissetta, Castelbuono, Castellana Sicula, Geraci Siculo, Isnello, Marianopoli, Petralia Soprana, Polizzi Generosa, Resuttano, Santa Caterina Villarmosa, Villalba.

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms shows three lilies, referring to Lilium Petrae, a possible etymology of the town name.

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of Maria Santissima Assunta (or Mother Church), known from the 9th century. Of the original building, only a portal in Gothic-Catalan style has survived. The current structure, with a nave and two aisles on the basilica plan, was built in 1633-1680.
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi (17th century)
  • Church of Santissima Trinità (1531)
  • Palazzo del Giglio, the current town hall



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