Cefalù, Sicily

© Giovanni Caruso – panoramio.com

Meeting place of a succession of civilisations, Cefalù is a cultural town preserving tangible signs of the many peoples who have lived here.

Cefalù is a popular destination for both Italian and foreign tourists. It is listed as one of the most beautiful towns in Italy for the extraordinary art and history in its medieval and Norman town centre, its walls reaching right down to the sea and its great villas dating to all the various periods of the town’s history.

What to see in Cefalù

History fills the air in the town centre, in its medieval wash houses in Via Vittorio Emanuele, for example, in its many historic churches and the Church of San Leonardo, dating to 1159 in particular.

A great range of architectural styles merge into a harmonious whole like the peoples who built them – Greeks, Romans, Saracens and French and Spanish invaders. The beautiful, picturesque cathedral with its elegant cloister and Byzantine mosaics – more like a fort than a place of worship – is the most important building in the town and the symbol of an unusual town.

Cefalù: beaches and countryside

As if all this were not enough, Cefalù also has sandy beaches, the deep blue Tyrrhenian sea and the landscapes of the Madonie Park.

The town centre beach is lovely as are the beautiful peaceful and secluded bays of Mazzaforno, some of the most beautiful in Sicily and accessible only on cobbled footpaths.

Festivals and local folklore

Cefalù’s most popular events are its religious festivals such as the San Salvatore feast day in the first week of August. The region’s official website gives an up-to-date calendar of events in Sicily.