Cefalu, Sicily

Photo of Cefalu

Visit Cefalu

Cefalu is a popular town, situated on the northern coast of Sicily.

The most readily identifiable feature in Cefalu is a natural one - a very large rock (known as La Rocca), and once home to the Greek Temple of Diana, and to the original town that stood here, parts of which can still be seen.

The 'new' town is largely spread around the base of La Rocca.

The 12th century cathedral is undoubtedly the highlight within the town. The exterior is decorated but not overly ornate and is very nicely proportioned, with Norman style towers either side of the entrance and a recurring 'arched windows' theme.

The exterior of Cefalu cathedral gives little clue to the splendour of the interior, above all for the many decorative mosaics that can be seen - the highlight of these is called 'Christ Pantokrator' and features an amazing level of detail and colour. The mosaics were installed by experts brought in specially from Constantinople during the middle of the 12th century.

Within the town itself there is the obligatory sprinkling of Sicilian churches to discover, and a few fine palaces - best among these are the 13th century Palazzo Maria, the 15th century Palazzo Atenasio Martino, and the 16th century Palazzo Piraino. You will come across many small but fascinating architectural details as you explore.

There is also a fishing harbour to amble around in Cefalu, and Several good beaches are also found close to hand.

Cefalu is one of seven beautiful Sicily villages (i.e. listed as 'most beautiful villages of Italy)'

See also:

Map of Cefalu & places nearby

Selected places to visit in or near Cefalu, Sardinia