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Great views, food and wine
No pictures in or from the museum
In a nutshell
Gets my vote a country mile ahead of Mondello in Palermo
Should you decide to make the climb up the steep rock that dominates Cefalù, be warned that is not for those that are out of shape or fearful of heights. It is a steep, long uphill climb that begins with deceptive wide steps and becomes a jagged narrow rocky trail. Don’t get me wrong – by all means make the climb if you are able because it is well worth it. Just be aware that many people may not be able to climb all the way to the top. I also would not recommend this with small children – not only is it very steep, but there are multiple areas where a small child could get injured or fall.
Now, if you have decided that you are going to make the climb, come prepared:
Wear sturdy shoes. You don’t need hiking boots, but flip flops or sandals won’t do. I had my standard walking shoes that I wear on all my hikes and they were just fine.
Bring water. Especially on hot days. You will need it. Snacks if you need them would be a good idea.
Bring a camera (but you probably don’t want to lug all your gear with you!). You won’t regret having I with you once you see the views.
We read on the signs that the hike takes 45 minutes up and back. No way – 45 minutes up and that is if you don’t stop to look at everything. Allow a good 2-3 hours minimum for the climb and to enjoy all the structures and sights at the top.
Watch your step while up there! A herd of wild goats roams La Rocca. They are pretty good at keeping out of sight, but not so good at not leaving their droppings all over the trails and rocks.
Most important, take your time and enjoy the workout. You will be rewarded for your efforts by the views…and the gelato when you get back down to town!
Written Dec 18, 2012