Along the shores of the Cedrino river, Galtellì sits on a spectacular high plain at the feet of Tuttavista, on top of which stands a majestic bronze statue of Christ, the destination of pilgrimages who follow a path that climbs up the side of the mountain. The statue is a reproduction of the miraculous wooden cross that is housed in the church of the santissimo Crocifisso (Holy Cruxifix), built in Gothic style in the XVI century to replace the XIV century church of Santa Maria delle Torri that was too small to accommodate all the faithful flocking to Christ. Pilgrims from all over Europe come here. The history of the town, a bishopric until 1495, is marked by religious devotion. You will walk along paved streets lined with stone houses, home to a population (2,500 inhabitants) that shares a powerful and heartfelt religious devotion: there are five churches in a single square kilometre. Next to the Santissimo Crocifisso you’ll find the medieval Church of santa Croce, and less than 100 metres further along are the churches of the Beata Vergine Assunta and of San Francesco, both from the XVII century. Inside the cemetery walls is the complex of what was once the Cathedral of San Pietro, home to a cycle of frescoes from the XIII century depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament. There are three church-related buildings: a high bell tower, the unfinished late XI century cathedral and the Romanesque church of San Pietro, enlarged after work on the other church had been abandoned. The town becomes lively especially during Holy Week, with heart wrenching chants and centuries old liturgies. The festivities surrounding the Holy Cross in early May, when devotion expresses itself through folklore and shows, and the bonfires in celebration of Sant’Antonio Abate on 17 January are not to be missed.