Cefalù is a charming coastal town located about 44 miles east of Palermo in Sicily and approximately a 1 hour train ride from Palermo’s main central station. Known for its beautiful beaches, historic architecture, and picturesque streets, Cefalù offers a delightful escape from the bustling city.
We have a couple of suggestions to make the most of a day trip there:
Explore the Historic Center: Upon arrival in Cefalù, head straight to the historic center, which is compact and easily walkable. Stroll through the narrow streets, lined with colorful buildings and charming shops. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the famous Duomo di Cefalù, a stunning Norman cathedral with intricate Byzantine mosaics.
Visit the Mandralisca Museum: Located near the cathedral, the Museo Mandralisca houses a diverse collection of artworks, archaeological artifacts, and natural history exhibits. Its most famous piece is the “Portrait of an Unknown Man” by Antonello da Messina, an important Renaissance painting.
Relax on the Beach: Cefalù is blessed with a gorgeous sandy beach overlooking the crystal-clear Tyrrhenian Sea. After exploring the town, spend some time relaxing on the beach, swimming, or simply soaking up the sun. You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas or find a spot on the public beach.
Enjoy Local Cuisine: Sicilian cuisine is renowned for its rich flavors and fresh ingredients. Take a break from your beach activities and indulge in some delicious local food. Look out for seafood dishes like spaghetti ai frutti di mare (seafood pasta) or delicious arancini (fried rice balls). Pair your meal with a glass of local wine or a refreshing granita (a semi-frozen dessert).
Climb La Rocca: If you’re up for some adventure and have enough time, consider climbing La Rocca, a massive rock formation that overlooks Cefalù. The hike takes around 45 minutes to reach the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the town and the coastline.
With these gorgeous historical towns resting on the perimeter of great metropolitan areas, a visit is not only feasible, but perfect for a leisurely day trip. Is there one that’s calling your name? Let us know! And don’t forget to browse our inspirational Italy itineraries below to get started on a stunning Italian vacation.