Cefalù is fascinating also because of it culture.

The rock around which the town developed has always had a considerable defensive importance.

The rich town centre of Cefalù, with its enchanting maze of streets, witnesses the passage of many different civilisations.

Cefalù is a very ancient town; its foundation allegedly dates back to the year 1000 B.C. The Greek called the town Kephaloidion, from kephalè, meaning “head”. The Arabs renamed it Gafludi. When the Normans arrived, in the 11th century, the city regained its Latin name.

There is a great number of monuments to visit in Cefalù. In 2015, the Arab-norman sites of Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale were declared by UNESCO as World Heritage.

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    The Cathedral of Cefalù

    The beautiful Norman cathedral of Cefalù was built by Roger II. There are many legends on the building of this cathedral. It is said that Roger II decided to build it as a sign of gratitude after having survived a storm at sea.

    According to another tradition, the cathedral was built to convert the Muslims who lived in the area. The site on which the cathedral was build constitutes a privileged position, dominating the entire town. The interiors are as grandiose.

    The exquisite byzantine mosaics in the apse, with their gold background leave visitors speechless. Here you can admire Christ the Pantokrator as well as the Virgin Mary with the four archangels and the twelve apostles. Another fascinating site is the adjacent cloister, which has been recently renovated.

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    Mandralisca Museum

    The Mandralisca Civic Museum houses many historical artefacts, paintings, coins and other relics recreating the history of the city. One of the most loved pieces is undoubtedly the Portait of an unknown man by Antonello da Messina.

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    Old town

    The wonderful old town, articulated in a maze of streets, witnesses the Arabs’ presence in this unique town. In the old town, people can visit the wonderful ancient wash house, dug directly into the rock.

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    Temple of Diana

    Starting from piazza Garibaldi, a peculiar trail leads to the top of the rock dominating the seafaring town. Here lies what is left of the so-called Temple of Diana. On the top of the rock, there are also the remains of a 13th century fortification.

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