Written by Zhebiton on 02 Sep, 2010
The first thing that comes to mind at the thought of Cefalu, this is what half a day's sightseeing - this is very, very little. No, of course, walk along the tourist route, check out all described in our sights and make dozens of photos…Read More
The first thing that comes to mind at the thought of Cefalu, this is what half a day's sightseeing - this is very, very little. No, of course, walk along the tourist route, check out all described in our sights and make dozens of photos ("I and the Cathedral of Cefalu ',' I and Porta Marina") and can be faster. Still have time to buy souvenirs and dinner in a restaurant. But believe me, the city does not end there.Yes, Cefalù - a famous tourist city. Perhaps second only to Taormina on glamorous famous city of Sicily. But at the same Cefalù - alive, authentic Italian town. Full of narrow streets. Full balconies and clothes hanging laundry.Yet the strongest impression the city makes the moment when you come out of these narrow streets in the area of the Duomo. Cathedral! This block on the outside and perfect inside.This is a monolithic block of looks and the second main attraction of the city - Rock. It can be seen everywhere. It literally hangs over everything, over what can.City living by its own rules and these rules clearly stated: from 13.00 to 17.00 - siesta. And the stores begin to close, and street musicians finish playing.What to do in a sleeping city? Walking and taking pictures.And you can just hide from the heat. It is best in a cool courtyard, where the medieval fountain - one of the attractions of the city. Close
Written by Drever on 06 Nov, 2005
Cefalù is a captivating seaside town a two-kilometre walk along a splendid beach from our hotel. Beneath a steep mountain overlooking a rocky coast it has winding narrow, medieval streets, and delightful restaurants. It contains in addition the Norman-Arab-Byzantine cathedral with its unique mosaics. The…Read More
Cefalù is a captivating seaside town a two-kilometre walk along a splendid beach from our hotel. Beneath a steep mountain overlooking a rocky coast it has winding narrow, medieval streets, and delightful restaurants. It contains in addition the Norman-Arab-Byzantine cathedral with its unique mosaics. The huge building sits off Piazza Duomo and the main thoroughfare, Corso Ruggiero.
On the northern coast 75 kilometres east of Palermo, connected by road and rail Cefalù sits on the site of an ancient Sicanian and Greek settlement. All that remains of these cultures today is the ruins of the Temple of Diana an ancient Sicanian-Greek temple on the mountain overlooking the town. The foundation of this simple building is one of the oldest still standing in Sicily.
Battlements against the many invaders stand atop the mountain. A few parts of the outer wall are restorations; most are original. For the stout-hearted, the summit, with its magnificent view of the town, cathedral, mountains and sea, is well worth the climb. Viewed at night from our hotel on the coast to the west, the lit up mountain and cathedral make for an inspiring site, evoking much of the city's medieval grandeur.
The Museo Commundale Mandralisca is worth a visit. It displays relics of the town’s past including a rare Greek vase depicting tuna fishing in the nearby Lipari Islands. The treasure trove though is among the portraits. It is the Portrait of an Unknown Man, Antonetto da Messin’s rendering of a sly smiling enigmatic man often compared to the Mona Lisa.
Several medieval buildings still stand in the city itself. These include the lavatoio a medieval washhouse fed by freshwater springs, and the Osteria Magna (Great Guest house), where King Roger II stayed during his visits to Cefalù. The fisherman’s quarter, with its old houses clusters along the seafront on Via Vittorio Emanuele. A maze of charming medieval streets makes Cefalù a pleasant spot to relax, whether you stay for a morning or an entire day.
There are some good restaurants in the town centre and near the shore that offer seafood and other local specialities. As the cathedral and museums are close in the afternoon from 1 to 4, this is a perfect time to eat or go sunbathing. Finding parking space is difficult for those with cars but most trains on the Palermo-Messina railway stop at Cefalù. The train station is close to the centre of town.
Cefalù has kept its medieval feel centred on the Norman cathedral built by Roger II in the 12th century. Cefalù’s highlights included the cathedral with its unique mosaics, the terrace cafes at the Piazza Duomo, the Museo Madralisca with collections spanning from Greek times to the Renaissance, and alleyway discoveries such as the Port Marina gate and the ancient fountain and town laundry spot, U’Ciuni. On the negative side its narrow streets sometimes poorly lit with token payments can feel threatening after dark.