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A Fantastic Trip to Cefalu

Cefalu

The ancient town of Cefalù, situated along the Northern coast of Sicily, remains one of the top attractions for tourists due to its historical and cultural heritage, sandy beach-line and extraordinary panorama. Long considered one of the most important maritime trading centers in the Mediterranean since antiquity, it has preserved the exotic variety of influences which permeated Sicilian culture throughout the ages.

Its Greco-Roman temples, ruins and amphitheaters; Arabic, Spanish and Norman/Gothic and Byzantine monuments and cathedrals all make Cefalù an important travel destination for visitors who want the experience the Mediterranean culture in all its fullness, and step back in time to glimpse the principal cross-cultural elements which shaped and molded Cefalù and Sicilian life in general over the span of more than two and a half millennia.

There are are also many Sicilian villas that are an integral part of the historical fabric and architecture of Cefalù, and which are an important point of reference for those eager to discover the origins of its historical value. Renovated with their original blend of Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Norman and Arabic artistic and architectural designs, Cefalù villas are fast becoming popular among tourists and visitors who want to experience the local cross-cultural folklore in all its ancient mystique. To this end, they are highly encouraged to refer to online resources such as Wishsicily.com, with its extensive selection of Cefalù villas that even come equipped with private pools and gardens and that offer the best view of the Mediterranean sea and the ruins and temples adorning the countryside.

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The Duomo, a Norman Cathedral with two towers located in the town’s medieval centre, whose construction began in 1131 A.D., is a spectacular work of art and architecture decorated with splendid Byzantine mosaics featuring Christian motifs that are one of the most prized treasures in Cefalù. It overlooks the Greco-Roman Temple of Diana, situated on top of the Rocca, a massive crag which makes for a beautiful hiking experience and offers a view of other carefully preserved ancient ruins and amphitheatres.

Along with medieval palaces like the Osterio Magno (13th Century) and the Arabesque Lavatoio (a Saracen bath house),the Museo Mandralisca is another essential stop on your trip to Cefalù. Being a seaside town, one of the principal attractions in Cefalù is the lovely sandy beach that runs along its coastline and is highly frequented by tourists in the months of July and August. Lodging at one of the private villas located in proximity of the beach can lessen the anguish and anxiety of an over-crowded atmosphere and improve the chances for a relaxing and fulfilling stay while still enjoying walks along the beach line and the fortified remains in and around the town.

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