If you like to get on with Arab-Norman architecture and follow the footprints of the great Norman Kings, we suggest the visit to Cefalù, a medieval town alongshore, well-known for its Cathedral and included in Unesco “Palermo Arab-Norman itinerary”.
The tour will start at Cefalù’s Cathedral, the most important monument in town, rich with influences coming from Arab and Byzantine architectural tradition. You’ll be guided to the visit inside the Basilica: the well-known Byzantine mosaics in the main apse and whatsoever left from past times.
Then we’ll start our walking tour through the old town: picturesque alleys, medieval buildings, typical “trattorie” and attractive local artisan shops.
We’ll pass by Porta Pescara, the ancient medieval gate, placed near the beach and the old port, where the film-maker Giuseppe Tornatore, in 1988, shot a scene of the well-known movie “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”. Other spots included in the tour: the medieval Washhouse, laid out at the bottom of a scenographic staircase, and the Mandralisca Museum, which houses an archeological collection of findings and the Art Gallery: on display the famous “Portrait of an unknown man”, one among Antonello da Messina’s masterpieces. Finally, we’ll end the tour at Cefalu’ amazing white sandy beach.
What you’ll do
- Visit the well-known Norman Cathedral, built by Roger II
- Discover Cefalu’ old town, its alleys and local artisan shops
- Get amazed by the magical vibe in the medieval Washhouse
- Listen to stories and legends about this old town
- Meeting point and time: in Cefalù (Cathedral Square) at 10 a.m.
- What to see: Roger II’s Norman Cathedral, the medieval Washhouse, Mandralisca Museum
- Duration: 3 h
- Number of people: 12 max
- Language: English