Cefalú Travel Guide

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Cefalú Things to Do

  • Walking through Cefalù

    Walking through Cefalù is a pleasant outing. There are so many things to see and, on a day other than Sunday, shops to visit and eateries to dine at. The Piazza Duomo is the heart of the area with the cathedral standing at the head of it. The narrow streets are cobblestone so be careful and wear good sturdy shoes. While this is a pedestrian zone,...

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  • La Rocca – 12th century castle ruins

    At the very top of La Rocca (the summit is 278 meters – or 912 feet) are the ruins of a 12th-13th century castle. Realizing that the safest place to put a castle is at the top of the hill, I still have to wonder how the people initially got up there to build it!We climbed up to the very top of La Rocca and found the castle ruins. Essentially it was...

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  • La Rocca – Temple of Diana

    The Temple of Diana is one of the lower structures to be seen on La Rocca. After passing through the gate of the fortifications, you can choose to head straight up to the temple – still a bit of a climb, but not as high up as the castle ruins. If you choose to go to the castle first, you can get to the temple on your way back down.The Temple of...

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  • La Rocca – Megolithic stones

    Near the fortification ruins and the Temple of Diana is a house-like structure that has stones dating back to the 9th century BC. The portal or doorway of this house is made with these massive megalithic stones, most likely found on La Rocca and used later for this structure. There are some signs nearby that can help explain what visitors are...

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  • La Rocca – Byzantine fortification ruins

    I found the fortification ruins to be the most interesting. Along the edge of La Rocca, but not at the higher summit, and overlooking the city of Cefalù, there were just a few remains of the fort where guards would watch over the city. The castellated walls give it a fortress look and visitors can look down on the city. There is an arch in the...

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  • La Rocca

    When you are in Cefalù, you can’t miss La Rocca. It is that massive rock that dominates the city, making even the large Norman cathedral tiny next to it. La Rocca stands 278 m (912 feet) tall. At the top are several ruins from different time periods – the Temple of Diana from the 5th century BC, a fort believed to be from the Byzantine era, and at...

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  • Mosaics in the Cathedral

    At the front of the cathedral displayed high on the apse is Christ Pantocrator holding an open book with Greek and Latin words stating “I am the Light of the World: he that followes me shall not walk in darkness.” The mosaic figure, along with the rest of the mosaics in the Cefalù, is considered to be some of the best preserved and earliest mosaics...

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  • Norman Cathedral

    The cathedral was the primary reason I chose to come to Cefalù. The Duomo dates back to the Norman era and contains some of the best preserved mosaics in all of Sicily. So it was a no-brainer that I would stop here. It seemed larger than life in the middle of the pedestrian district of Cefalù, taller than many of the buildings that surround it. La...

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  • La Rocca

    Climbing further up you will find ruins of various structures and settlements, the oldest being the ancient temple of Diana, the 'youngest' going back to the Middle Ages.

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  • La Rocca

    Once you climb above the roofline the view changes dramatically. The higher you climb, the better panorama of Cefalu you get. If you enlarge the photo you'll see the wide path made up of large steps meandering up the hill (the bottom left-hand corner). The path leads to the fortified entrance in the massive stone wall surrounding the hill, which...

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  • light a candle

    The cathedral at cefalu is exquisite. It is open to the public and if staying in the town or just visiting you must take a look.Commissioned by Ruggero 11, construction began in the 12th Century and was finished in the 13th. Byzantine mosaics in abundance. Dont forget though, ladies must cover their shoulders.

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  • La Rocca

    Another adventage of visiting La Rocca off season (and Cefalu in general) is lack of crowds. We spent quite a few hours on the hill and within this period of time we met just a few other people, but mostly, we had the whole place to ourselves. This is one of the solitary views I captured with my camera, unspoiled by any wandering tourist.

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Cefalú Hotels

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  • Cefalu Sea Palace

    Cefalu Sea Palace is quite a new hotel with gleaming, snazzy interior decor and balconies...

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  • Hotel Le Calette

    This is a 4 star hotel in a mediterranean style. Located on a little bay about 2 Km from the centre...

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  • Ma & Mi B&B

    We booked our rooms with Ma&Mi B&B, but they offered us an appartment in the center of the town and...

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Cefalú Restaurants

  • Great Seafood

    Two Large restaurants about 5 stores apart. Great decor with wood oven for pizzas. The large menu and portions makes swapping and sampling between guests ideal. The set dishes are great: 4 - 5 courses for 20 - 35 Euros. We shared the different ones to get a great selection of different Sicilian dishes. Those that ordered the Swordfish Spada were...

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  • Oh! What a Setting

    This is a very nice cafe located on the corner of the Piazza in front of the Duomo. The tables are nicly situated to take in the scene. The cafe and service were very good. It seemed a little less expensive that table service in Rome. There is a nice counter if you wish to stand as well.They have cafe in the morning and harder drinks in the...

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  • SEE THE BEACH from your table

    A wondeful restaurant with very nice service stuff is the Al Gabbino.We stay there at a evening in March 2010. The menu card is voluminous, elaborate and with a good price level.If you get a place at the big window, you can look outside and see the bay of Cefalú.Dont miss this... We take fish with a cream of pine nuts, fennel and something else....

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  • wonderful seafood

    Trappitu is one of those places where you walk in and think you've made a mistake by doing so. On a warm day, just keep walking and you will come to a beautiful cantilevered terrace hanging over the ocean. We always eat at Trappitu when we're in Cefalu. On a calm day, the terrace is opened up and you eat with the waves lapping against the rocks...

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  • Best gelati in town!

    We normally didn't have any dessert in the restaurants, but had gelati after dinner. This place is the best there is in Cefalu. Try the fragola (strawberry) icecream and the limone. You can also ask for a cono (cone) with two flavours if you can't decide!

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  • Fish couscous specialty!

    Lovely restaurant in a small courtyard. Although there was scafolding at the time we were there, it didn't take away from the charm of the place. The fish couscous was especially lovely, and the calamari just melted in your mouth.

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  • Friendly service

    Lovely food and extremely friendly service. When ordering the wine we were shown an entire brochure of where the wine comes from. Just off the Piazza Duomo. Try the 'Zuppa di Cozze' here, it's delicious!

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  • Mouthwatering

    There are several good restaurants in the center of Cefalu, the menus are more or less the same. If you want seafood you're in the right place. We went only to restaurants where we could sit outside which sometimes was difficult with 6 people. With a starters (antipasta), main dish, wine and beverages we spend on average €120 for 6 people.

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  • Such friendly service, such wonderful...

    We stopped for lunch our first day in Cefalu and were so impressed with the service and the food that we went back the next night for dinner. We were not disappointed. It is a small trattoria with only about 10 tables inside and 5 or 6 outside on the sidewalk. The ambiance inside was lovely--very nice, but not elegant. We had the same wonderful...

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Cefalú Transportation

  • Getting from Palermo Airport to Cefalu

    Train direct from the airport itself to Palermo Centrale and then find a train rattling down the Palermo Messina line (change train). Palermo Centrale doesn't have too many platforms and has displays showing the stops. Cefalu is about 12 stops down the line. The station before Cefalu is Lascari - Gratteri.Some of the trains going down the Palermo...

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  • Getting there from Palermo

    There are trains practically every hour between Palermo and Cefalu, it takes about 50 minutes and second class tickets vary between 4 to 5 Euros...

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  • Trains from/to Palermo

    From Stazione Centrale in Palermo, seems all trains to Messina stop at Termini Imerese and then Cefalu. Nice to sit back - by the left hand side in the direction of motion - and view the Sicilian coastline past Bagheria, Campofelice etc. However, be aware that dependent on the number of stops/ train origin or destination to and from Palermo...

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Cefalú Shopping

  • Vine and Internet Point

    It is shop selling wine, liquores and oil (mostly).They have good prices and people working there will suggest you sncerely good wine. I was very satisfied with the prices.People are very nice. I bought a Sicilian wine which I tasted in the restaurant. Nero d'Avola - Syrah of Sant Agostino 10 EUR

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  • Tipical Sicilian Products

    Capriccio Siciliano is very nice shop ruled by very nice people. You'll find a lot of similar shops in Siciliy, but I'd suggest this one to everyone because I bought very good products with good prices and people that work there were really nice.They give you to taste e.g. Marsala and don't be affraid you are obliged to buy it if you don't like...

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  • Ceramics in Santo Stefano di Camastra

    All along the main road crossing Santo Stefano di Camastra you'll find wonderful exposition of locally made ceramics. Those are really wonderful pieces of artcrafts. The local technique is based on old traditions and this is one among the most popular spot in Sicily for this peculiar kind of art. There are also "antique" designs that are...

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Cefalú Local Customs

  • The sea and the fish within .......

    It is commonly believed Italians think about animals as far as they are good to eat: I cannot deny there's some truth in this... So, Sicily is a Paradise for tuna-fish lovers: forget about the canned stuff, it has no comparison at all with what you may experience in Sicily, where tuna-fish capture is an old tradition (now it disapperaed, because...

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  • Sicilian Pastry

    Sicilian pastry is great! It has strong influences from the Arabic world and the basic component is almond, or "marzapane": a sweet paste obtained by almonds, sugar, egg yolk and "acqua di zagare", i.e. orange-flowers water. Pistache is also very important, as the area of Bronte (on the North-East slope of Etna volcano) is the only traditional...

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Cefalú Off The Beaten Path

  • Take a Close Look At Some Ancient Ovens

    When you climb to the top of LaRoca you will pass some very well preserved stone ovens. This same type of oven is still used all over southern Italy to make those excellent pizzas.The flattened dome shape of these ovens are specifically designed to cook food by focusing the heat onto the food placed on the floor of the oven. Like a lens focusing...

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  • Nice sea, but just a few beaches

    The Northern border of Sicily is not very good for beaches, most of them are made by gravels, so they are not very comfortable to lie over. A few exceptions in Cefalu, San Vito lo Capo and maybe a few other places. Anyway, the waters are perfect, provided you accept to made without the sand.

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    by lichinga Written Jun 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The ancient part of Cefalu is busy and crowded, mainly because of its narrowest streets, with ancient builduings, shops and traditional retailers.

    Tiny streets in Sicily

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La Rocca
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The Etna
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The Cathedral
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Climb the rock!
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La Rocca - Tempo di Diana
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Cathedral Portal
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Cathedral: The Crossing
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Cathedral Apse Mosaic
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Cathedral (Duomo)
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Piazza del Duomo
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Museo Mandralisca
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The Beach
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Narrow streets of Cefalu
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Piazza Duomo
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Duomo Cathedral
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The Duomo
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The Arab lavatory
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Small family museum
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Duomo di Cefalu
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The little port of Cefalu
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