Cefalú Travel Guide

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Cefalú Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great views, food and wine 

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     No pictures in or from the museum 

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     Gets my vote a country mile ahead of Mondello in Palermo 

Cefalú Things to Do

  • 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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  • La Rocca

    It was February. When we were leaving Poland it was cold winter, snow covering the streets, a warm hat and gloves were a must. Italy was a little warmer, though we kept our winter jackets on and from time to time a pair of gloves and a hat too. Here in Cefalu we experienced summer and we even sported a T-shirt for the first time (and the only one)...

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  • La Rocca

    We had some problems finding the right path beyond the temple of Diana, we just kept roughly along the wall until we came to the other side of the hill. The view was initially blocked by the wall, we only saw a hole through which we couldn't destinguish any details until we came up closer. And then we saw a land of fairy-tale...

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  • going back in time

    Took a trip out of town to see the temple of Diana(or whats left of it). If you're seriously into this sort of thing, then take a look. We found it a little disappointing.

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  • elevenses

    Near the main square in the centre of town there's a great little pasiceria where they make and sell great cannoli. Cant remember the name of the place but it gets packed so as long as you're near the main piazza you should see it.

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  • Visit Palermo

    From Cefalu you can take a train to Palermo which takes around 50 minutes. We recommend that you take the 'domestic' Sicilian train instead of the express trains from the mainland (as these are often delayed). Go through the Vucciria market and experience the hustle and bustle of a Palerman market! Piazza Marina is also worth a visit - the Banyan...

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  • The Etna

    If you get the chance it's well worth it to take a trip to the Etna Volcano. From the parking lot take the cable car (€24) and continue with the 4 wheel drive bus (€22.50) and walk the rest. We were very lucky that the Etna erupted the week before. It was an fantastic experience, the heat, the noise and the desolate scenery was amazing.

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  • The Cathedral

    The Cathedral was built for Norman king Roger II around 1131. Inside, there is a mosaic representing "Christ Pantocrator", which is quite impressive. To be allowed inside the Cathedral, you must have "decent" clothes, covered shoulders and legs. Free entrance.

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  • Climb the rock!

    Climbing the rock to get a view of Cefalù is a must. The hike is about 1 hour long, so don't forget to bring water with you because it gets very hot. There are ruins on the way up, that are nice to visit too. There weren't many people when we went up, so it was very nice to get away from the crowds. The first part can be done by everyone, as it is...

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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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    Tiny streets in Sicily

    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.

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La Rocca - Tempo di Diana
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Another snacking spot for beach bums
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Fast food option with local overtones
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Great!
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Walk up to La Rocca
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Cathedral Portal
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Cathedral Triumphal Arch
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Cathedral Baptismal Font
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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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Duomo: Impressive and sudden
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Duomo
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A hotel? Maybe...
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Castle
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Christ Pantocrator
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