Itinerarium Rosaliae, worship culture and nature
The Itinerarium Rosaliae is one of the most significant expression of worship, culture and nature of western Sicily. It is a religious and naturalistic journey to discover the places where the Saint lived and took refuge.
A moment during the presentation of the itinerary in the Sanctuary of Monte Pellegrino on 1 September. From left Antonello Cracolici regional councilor for agriculture, the archbishop of Palermo Corrado Lorefice, Mayor Leoluca Orlando, the Eparch of Piana degli Albanesi Giorgio Demetrio Gallaro
The route, practicable on foot, by bike or on horseback, through three nature reserves, Ficuzza, Pizzuta Greenhouses and Monte Pellegrino, the Parco dei Monti Sicani and 15 municipalities for a total of over 180 km, connecting the Santa Rosalia Sanctuary Montepellegrino and the Hermitage of Santo Stefano di Quisquina.
Panorama of Palermo from Monte Pellegrino
The project promoted by the ‘Regional Department of Agriculture, is funded by the the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.
“It is – said Leoluca Orlando – a route that combines history, culture, tradition and religion thanks to the union among many subjects that connects along 180 kilometers starting from the long mountain in Agrigento, Santo Stefano di Quisquina to the shrine of Santa Rosalia in Palermo involving as many as 15 municipalities and the metropolyitan City of Palermo. Palermo – said Orlando – is preparing for this great event having made safe, and therefore made usable again, the old pedestrian road from Monte Pellegrino slopes leading up to the Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, this confirms that we want to remember Santa Rosalia all the days of the year and not just for one day, and confirms that we are facing a new opportunity to admire and appreciate our territories to those who are not from Palermo and Sicily, so in Falcone and Borsellino airport is placed a large image of the Patroness of Palermo. “
“Is an act of love towards Sicily which will become an attractor for those who have faith and those who love nature, also enhancing our typical and nature tourism products because the holy Rosalia path can be done on foot, on horseback or by bicycle”. Said the assessor for agriculture Antonello Cracolici.
The path of Santa Rosalia – said the mayor of Santo Stefano di Quisquina, Mr.Francesco Cacciatore – also has a strategic importance for the territory of Agrigento mountain. It is going to enforce tourism, the promotion of the territory and agro-food programs. A religious path, but that makes us bet on local development and on relational tourism. “
Monte Gallo seen from Mount Pellegrino
- Download the App from the Apple App Store or Itinerarium Rosaliae dal’Android Google Play Store
2) Walk the Way of Santa Rosalia in the map, in proximity list or Augmented Reality
Some icons of Santuzza made by shopkeepers of Via Vittorio Emanuele on the occasion of the Feast 2016 and a particular of the float
The giant poster depicting Santa Rosalia and the Sanctuary of Monte Pellegrino located at the departure lounge of the airport of Palermo,long more than seven and a half meters in the vicinity of the gate 8.
“In Sicily it is important to respect and promote the history and traditions – says Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo – and with them the religious tourism to Sicily”.
An unbreakable bond between the city and the Santa, even now with the Palermo airport.
“The image describes the uniqueness of a place of faith and devotion – says Fabio Giambrone, President of Gesap, the Palermo airport management company – We have noticed that many people stop to look at the picture and are enchanted.”