Cefalù – a little town you can not miss in western Sicily

Cefalù – a little town you can not miss in western Sicily

Cefalù, at 72 Km from Palermo, built under a rocky crag and with a picturesque center offers a variety of attractions. From the cathedral, built by the Norman king Roger II in 1131 and part of the Unesco World Heritage site, to the beautiful beach right in the center of the little town and the medieval cloyster to name a few.

As written in the “Lonely Planet” guide, : “the town is perfectly suited to slow pedestrian exploration. The little port is lined with fishing boats and populated with fisherfolks ….the ‘lungomare (seafront promenade )is popular for the ‘passeggiata’ ( evening stroll ) as is the main street, Corso Ruggero.


I personally find Cefalù really enjoyable, easy to reach from our house ( 57 Km and about 45 minutes by car ) , full of little shops and restaurants ( try some of them that are not too touristic !). I wouldn’t miss sitting at a table in piazza Duomo, just in front of the church, to have a Sicilian dessert or an “aperitivo” ; and what about having lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants with a sea terrace ? Go during the week if you prefer a quiet visit or viceversa on the weekend if you like to see a lot of life.

A landmark in Palermo – the fountain of Piazza Pretoria

A landmark in Palermo – the fountain of Piazza Pretoria

 

The fountain of Piazza Pretoria, situated in front of the City hall, can be considered one of the major landmarks of Palermo. Designed by Francesco Camilliani for a Tuscan villa, was brought in our city in 1573. Note its concentric circles and the number of tritons, nymphs, gods and youths. For this abundance of nude statues this square was nicknamed    “Piazza della Vergogna”   ( the Square of Shame ) .

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One of the photos and the video are taken last October during “Le Vie dei Tesori” ; during all the weekends of this month more than one hundred sites  ( Palaces, churches, gardens, museums etc. ) are open to the tourists  with guided tours. . For our climate and this opportunity, October is an excellent month to visit Palermo and Sicily.