Cefalù offers the best and brightest of Sicily, combined into a single, gorgeous city. The beach shimmers with powdery white sand bordering the crystal-clear turquoise waters. Arab-Norman architecture glows with golden sandstone facades, arabesque windows, and crenulated walls. Mosaics glint with gold leaf within dramatic cathedrals set against the backdrop of rolling mountains. The cobbled lanes carry the aroma of the sea with sporadic bursts of zesty oranges. The relaxed pace and walkways retain the friendly ambiance of the fishing village, embodied in the colorful boats wading in the quiet port.
Your flight lands at Falcone-Borsellino Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. You venture to Cefalù to view the medieval streets and quiet, welcoming ambiance. The stunning cliff of La Roca once held an Arab citadel, which led to a Norman castle overlooking the coastline and the cityscape. A staircase winds along the outer ridges of the imposing figure to reach the windswept summit. The plateau offers a view down to the ruins of the 4th-century BC Temple of Diana. Couples stroll along the strewn rocks and preserved columns. You make your way to the Arab-Norman cathedral at the heart of the city, which contains brilliant Byzantine mosaics dating back to the 12th century. The image of Jesus surrounded by shimmering gold dominates the apse and standing above images of the Madonna, archangels, and the Apostles.
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