A quick visit to Cefalu is all that is required.
On the northern coast between Palermo and Capo d’Orlando, it is perfect for a lunch stop.
The town winds around the promitory between the cliff and the sea.
Though existing since prehistoric times, it was the Normans in the 11th century who renovated Cefalu, building the main street, Corso Ruggero and the magnificent Cathedral.
The Duomo overlooks the city’s main piazza and the grid pattern of narrow streets that run between Corso Ruggero and Via Vittorio Emanuele on the waterfront. Today, Corso Ruggero is lined with souvenir shops.
The town has many churches but it is the magnificent mosaics of the Duomo di Cefalu that are the main attraction.
The old houses of the fisherman’s quarter line the sea front
Also in Via Vittorio Emanuele is the famous stone fountain known as U’ Ciuni .
With water gushing from holes in three walls, it was used for washing clothes.
At the end of the street is Porta Marina, the only remaining city gate.
We were disappointed that the restaurant recommended was closed but, surrounded by locals, we enjoyed lunch at Le Chat Noir
Pasta con Sarde (Sardines)
Involtini di Spada (Swordfish)
Le Chat Noir Ristorante e Trattoria
Via XVII Novembre,17
Tel: +39 0921 420697
www.ristorantelechatnoir.com Le Chat Noir
La Brace Ristorante
Via XVII Novembre,10
Tel: +39 0921 423570
www.ristorantelabrace.com La Brace Ristorante
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