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Our cruise ship docked in the port of Palermo. We were met by our guide at the port and drove along the coast for an hour to the fishing village of Cefalu. Out of the many places we traveled, I would have to say that this was one of my favorites. Not only was the guide entertaining and knowledgeable, but the scenery was beautiful.
One of the things that struck me about the landscape was that it looked more like what I pictured Tuscany to be than Tuscany actually was.
I loved this place so much that I actually dedicated an entire post to it. I called in my Under the Tuscan Sun moment when I had the urge to follow Diane Lane’s character in Under the Tuscan Sun and get off the tour bus and follow my dream of owning a villa in Italy.
The Cathedral-Basilica of Cefalù, is a Roman Catholic church in Cefalu, Sicily, Italy. The Duomo dates back to the Norman era and contains some of the best preserved mosaics in all of Sicily.The building of the cathedral was begun by Roger II, the first king of Sicily, in 1131. He commissioned the artists to make the mosaics which it is so famous for and it is believed that his plan was for the entire nave to be covered in mosaics, similar to his Cappella Palatina in Palermo. However, Roger II died before the work was finished and the cathedral wasn’t completed until later.
If I win the lottery, I have decided I want to retire in Cefalu, Sicily. As soon as I heard of this small fishing village, I knew I wanted to see it. It’s a city and commune in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It had the beautiful quaintness of other villages I visited but it wasn’t as steep or hilly. After a week of trekking up and down steep hills, this little fishing village was heaven. It had all of the charm of the other villages I visited such as Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast but I could walk over the entire historic city and not feel like I just completed a marathon.
Cefalù is built on the top of a huge rocky outcrop, which rises straight up from the sea and dominates the coastline. As you approach by road, the sight of Cefalu, with its magnificent cathedral overhanging the sea, takes your breath away.