|Comune di Polizzi Generosa|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Palermo (PA)|
|• Mayor||Giuseppe Lo Verde|
|• Total||134.33 km2 (51.87 sq mi)|
|Elevation||917 m (3,009 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2014)|
|• Density||26/km2 (67/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Gandolfo da Binasco|
Polizzi Generosa (Sicilian: Pulizzi) is a town and comune (population c. 3,500) in the Metropolitan City of Palermo on the island of Sicily, southern Italy. The town sits in the hills at 917 metres (3,009 ft) above sea level.
The site of Polizzi has traces of human presence since the 6th century BC, archaeological findings including coins from Himera, Carthaginian remains and a Hellenistic necropolis. In the 4th century it was a Carthaginian fortress occupied by mercenaries from Campania.
People with connections to Polizzi Generosa include:
- Fashion designer Domenico Dolce, one half of the Dolce & Gabbana clothing company, was born in the town.
- The writer, journalist and literary critic Giuseppe Antonio Borgese originally came from the town.
- Catholic cardinal Mariano Rampolla was born in Polizzi Generosa.
- Director Martin Scorsese's paternal grandparents emigrated from Polizzi Generosa.
- Filmmaker and musician Antonia Scarpa's family also came from the town.
- Character actor Vincent Schiavelli moved to the town, where his grandfather lived, for the final years of his life. Schiavelli was also a food and cookbook writer who wrote about Polizzi Generosa and his roots in Many Beautiful Things: Stories and Recipes from Polizzi Generosa. He was also buried there when he died.
- Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space, was awarded honorary citizenship of Polizzi Generosa.
- Saint Gandolfo of Binasco, Franciscan Protector of Polizzi Generosa - Feast Day April 3
- Many beautiful things : stories and recipes from Polizzi Generosa by Vincent Schiavelli (2002 - ISBN 0-7432-1528-1)
- Extracted Civil Records
- The geography, history, and residents of Polizzi Generosa are discussed in several chapters of Theresa Maggio's The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through The Hidden Villages of Sicily (New York, 2002).