Cefalu, Sicily – “Che-fa-loo”, accent on “fa”

Cefalu is a great side trip from Palermo.  It’s about an hour train ride, traveling east along the northern coast of Sicily.   

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La Rocca, a huge rock, overlooks Cefalu.  It was the site of an Arab citadel and then, in 1061, a Norman castle.  Some castle ruins can still be seen. 

La Rocca was also the home of a race of giants, said to be Sicily’s first inhabitants.  Someone else will have to climb up there to prove that…

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We spent the day down in the picturesque town.

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Here’s a smart sized vegetable delivery van!

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The Duomo of Cefalu was built by Roger II (of Palermo’s Cappella Palatina fame) to be a reminder of his power across the island. 

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This Duomo is also is filled with 12th century Byzantine mosaics, the oldest on Sicily. 

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It is believed that the 16 columns came from the Temple of Diana on La Rocca.

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The Bishop’s Palace is next door.

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I love the name of this restaurant – “I am pizza”.

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The Lavatoio is a cluster of 16th century wash basins built over a spring.

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We came through this arch and there was the beach!

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The crescent shaped Spiaggia di Cefalu is one of the most popular beaches on Sicily.

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We had lunch on a side street in front of the Church of Santa Maria and next to the Bastian of Cape Marchiafava.

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Great views up and down the coast.

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Here are a few more sites from Cefalu.…

For car fanciers….

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For cat fanciers….

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For pastry fanciers….

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For door fanciers….

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and for window fanciers….

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There’s something for everyone in Cefalu!

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6 Responses to Cefalu, Sicily – “Che-fa-loo”, accent on “fa”

  1. Catherine says:

    I remember your fondness for doors so Cefalu must have been heaven for you … plus all the cats which make it heaven for me! Cefalu seems the kind of place where one could settle in for a week or two with no trouble. Like the fact it’s pretty much off the beaten path as well. The two of you manage to go on the most interesting and fun tours — I’m envious but at least we all get to share via your wonderfully put together travel blogs!

  2. Heide says:

    SWOOOON! What gorgeous photos — and what wonderful descriptions to accompany them! Thank you for teaching me how to say “Cefalu,” and for introducing me to this gorgeous little slice of heaven. Marvelous post!

  3. Mona Stage says:

    I lover your door photos!

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