a fine seaside resort right on a fine sandy beach.
The original town
was on a huge rock, where - if you are fit and energetic - you can
see on the way up the remains of the "Temple
9th century AD Cefalù became Arab, and in the 12th century was re-founded
by the Norman Roger II. The great
cathedral was built, not as the legend has it, as a thanksgiving for
his survival after being shipwrecked on the coast, but for largely
political reasons. It was meant to press his quarrel
with Pope Innocent
III, and consecrated by the anti-Pope.
really wanted to see the Museo Mandralisca, but the Museum was closed. When I told the hotel staff of this
they laughed. Apparently they used to offer a prize to any
manage to gain entry! Sure enough, it was still closed when I left Cefalù a
Cefalu. Accept it and you will love it.