Cefalù is one of the destinations in Sicily with a charm all its own and in fact is one of the 19 Sicilian towns that are part of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy circuit. Its medieval appearance is especially visible in the neighborhood called “crucidda.” Walking through it is like taking a dip into the past. Such a beautiful place could not help but spark the imagination of the ancients, giving rise to myths and legends. That of Daphnis and Naide is linked to two different places in the town: the Rock and the Cefalino River, which feeds the ancient medieval Wash House. Another symbolic place in Cefalù is also linked to a legend. It is the Cathedral, which has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site within the site since 2015: Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale. In fact, it is said that the church was built at the behest of Roger II of Altavilla as a form of thanksgiving to God for surviving a storm. In 1920 Cefalù was chosen by Aleister Crowley as a destination to recover from bronchitis and asthma. A very ambiguous character, he chose as his home a house in the Santa Barbara district where he founded the so-called “Abbey of Thelema.” Instead, in the Mandralisca Museum is one of Antonello da Messina‘s masterpieces that can be seen in Sicily. It is the Ritratto di Ignoto (Portrait of an Unknown), whose enigmatic expression fascinates anyone who meets his gaze. If you are also a sea lover, the beaches of Lido di Cefalù or those of Mezzoforno, Salinelle and Capo Playa will surely be able to meet your needs.
The Osterio Magno is one of the iconic buildings of Cefalù. Built in the early 1300s, it was the winter residence of the powerful Ventimiglia family. Various restoration works have brought to light some pre-existing rooms dating back to the period between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.
The Rocca di Cefalù, together with the Cathedral and the medieval wash-house, is one of the symbols of this splendid seaside town. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the promontory, from the Hellenistic age on, acquired an increasingly important role in the defense against attacks from the sea.
The Teatro Comunale of Cefalù (Municipal Theater), dedicated to the violinist Salvatore Cicero, is one of the little jewels of the city. Originally built in 1816, the building has undergone modifications and extensions over the years, but has maintained its original appearance.