While in Sicily in August, my cousin Evelina (and Experience Sicily colleague) and I climbed to the top of La Rocca in Cefalù to see the remains of the ancient temple of Diana and the magnificent views of the medieval town below. If you are up for the hike, it is a rewarding way to…
Ciao from Sicily! This morning, my cousin and partner in all things Experience Sicily, Evelina, and I hiked up the rock of Cefalù, “La Rocca.” It was a dream come true to see the remains of an ancient temple for Artemis/Diana. To climb La Rocca, wear sturdy shoes and bring water with you. There is…
(Pictured: The duomo of Cefalù, one of the UNESCO sites of the Arab-Norman Patrimony of Sicily.) Cefalù, Palermo Province
The sea at Cefalù, Sicily
Cefalù, Sicily with the island of Alicudi on the horizon (Look closely and you’ll see its silhouette.)
Pomegranates and grapes are carved into the detail work of the Duomo of Cefalù. Both are coming into season now. Both represent fertility and abundance.
One of the bell towers of the 12th century, Arab-Norman style Cathedral of Cefalù, Sicily from the duomo’s other bell tower
Roger II, my favorite Norman king, fell in love with Cefalù when he took shelter here in a harrowing storm in the early 12th century. As a reward for the citizens’ kindness and hospitality, he commissioned the town’s stirring Arab-Norman cathedral, intending it to be his final resting place. He knew what was good! Take…
Live from Sicily! We mingled with the locals yesterday during the Sagra del Carciofo (Artichoke Festival) in Cerda, Sicily. Food, food, food… Music, dancing, shopping… Artichokes served every which way! Then, an afternoon in the enchanting Cefalù. It was la Festa della Liberazione. Liberation Day, recognizing Italy’s triumph over fascism after the second World War….
Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione (also known as Christ Pantocrator) anchors the apse of the UNESCO recognized cathedral, or duomo, of Cefalù. Boasting a remarkable Byzantine-style mosaic of Christ Pantocrator (pictured), the cathedral was commissioned in 1131 by the visionary Norman King Roger II after his ship found refuge on this spot during a harrowing storm….