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Review of Duomo di Cefalu

Duomo di Cefalu
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Cefalù Half Day Excursion
Reviewed 8 July 2014

While this is definitely a Norman-Sicilian
Duomo, it does not have the same impact that similar Duomo in Monreale and Palermo, as the only Norman mosaics that remain are in the apse and side chapels. The rest of the building has either little decoration, and is therefore rather stark, or is in the baroque style, which doesn't blend very well with the medieval mosaics. There are indications that the floor would have been magnificent in the past, as there were samples of the patterns displayed around the walls, but the floor is now just plain grey stone. The stained glass windows are lovely, and only recently installed, and are not traditional in any way. There is no cost associated with going into the Duomo, but there is to view the cloister. Don't bother with this at present: they are currently restoring it, and the cloister pillars have been badly damaged in the past. This was rather disappointing, but I hope that it will improve once they and the rest of the structure have been completely restored.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

cefalu is very quaint old buildings and cobbled streets many shops the duomo is worth a visit very interesting the people are so nice and friendly and the long beach is very clean and child friendly and shallow lovely rock pools for rthem to play in also bars and restaraunts on the beach, .from day one we tried a restraint just before the entrance to cefalu cobbled streets, run by two brothers, service was excellent and food superb, so we made this our eating place for all our holiday, at the end I was presented with a ceramic plaque with a map of sicily on it I will treasure it the name of the restaurant was da nino.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

It's the main object in the city of Céfalu. It's worth a short visit inside for there are really nice murals to be seen. The square in front is great for a nice drink also.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Do not miss it at sunset time, the color of the stones will be magic.
The cathedral two towers are visible from miles on the west coast.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

Cefalu is a small town on the north coast of Sicily with a wonderful beach and a medieval town that is one of my favorite places in Sicily. Try to get there early in the day so you can climb the ‘Rocca di Cefalu’, the big rocky mountain that towers above the old town and catch the morning sun as it illuminates the medieval city, its cathedral, and the sea beyond (there is an entry fee to go up the trail, but I thought worth it. It isn’t necessary to go right to the top to get the good views). The cathedral itself is a must see with its 12th century mosaics in the apse. If the tide is out, go down to the small breakwater in the old town and walk along the beach under the old houses crowded right above the sea.

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