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Cefalù

Cefalù

A look at Cefalù

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Comune di Cefalù

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Comune di Cefalù

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Comune di Cefalù

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Comune di Cefalù

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Comune di Cefalù

Cefalù (Ras Melkart in Phoenician Κεφαλοίδιον, in Greek, Cephaloedium in Latin, Gafludi in Arabic, Cifalù in Sicilian) is situated on the northern coast of Sicily, at the foot of a rocky promontory, inside the Park of the Madonie. It is one of the largest resorts throughout the region. Its medieval nucleus is located below the fortress of Cefalù. Outside the borders of the historical center of the city, the urban core has extended astride the small flat area that separates the fortress from the rest of the system of hills of Costa expanding still further half coast on the slopes of the hills along the coast.

Traces of frequentation of the site dates back to prehistoric times, in particular in two caves that open on the northern side of the promontory on which the town rose. To a settlement pre-Hellenic relates the walls of megalithic type, dated at the end of the V century B.C., which surrounds the current historical center and is largely still preserved, and the simultaneous Temple of Diana, a shrine consisting of a megalithic building, covered with slabs of stone dolmenico type that hosts a previous tank more ancient (IX century a.C.). In the IV century BC Greeks gave to the indigenous center the name of Κεφαλοίδιον (Kefaloidion), from the Greek kefa or kefalé, (Head); reported probably his promontory. It cannot be excluded however the phonetic shooting from the Aramaic language (cananaica closely akin to the Phoenician kephas) ("stone, rock"), thus always in reference to the promontory. In 307 B.C. it was conquered from the Syracusans and in 254 B.C. by the Romans, who gave it in latin name Cephaloedium. The city Hellenistic-roman had an urban structure adjust, formed by secondary roads converging on the main road axis and closed in a loop by a road which follows the perimeter of the town walls. In the period of Byzantine domination the village moved from the plain on the rocca and remain traces of work of fortification of this epoch (crenellated walls), as well as churches, barracks, tanks for water and furnaces). The old town was not however completely abandoned, as evidence the recent discovery of a building of Christian worship, with the floor in polychrome mosaic dating back to the VI century.

In 858, after a long siege it was conquered by the Arabs, who gave it the name of Gafludi, and became part of the emirate of Palermo. In this period you have however news scarce and fragmentary and there is also a shortage of monumental tokens. In 1063 it was conquered by the Normans of Ruggero and, in 1131, thanks to Ruggero II, was reoccupied the ancient town on the coast, respecting the structure already existing urban. Between the middle of the thirteenth century and 1451 passed under the dominion of various feudal lords and finally it became a possession of the bishop of Cefalù. The subsequent history of Cefalù may be likened to that of Sicily and the rest of Italy. In 1752 there will begin to establish foreign consulates (France, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden) and the city became the destination of the Grand Tour. During the Risorgimento, there was shot on 14 March 1857, the patriot Spinuzza Savior. After landing of Giuseppe Garibaldi in January 1861, the city proclaimed its accession to the Reign of Italy.

The historical center of Cefalù has a medieval structure characterized by narrow streets, paved with pebbles of the beach and the limestone of the Fortress of Cefalù. In Via Vittorio Emanuele is the public washhouse known as medieval washhouse, at the late-renaissance palazzo Martino. The wash house has a staircase in lava stone and lumachella that leads to a flooring polished by time and to a series of tanks that will fill with water flowing from twenty-two mouths of cast iron (fifteen of which lion heads) arranged along the walls overhung by low times. Through a little cave, the water reaches the sea. In the tanks are evident the supports that served for wiping cloths.

Municipality of Cefalù
Metropolitan City of Palermo
Region Sicily

Inhabitants: 14.393
Altitude centre: 16 m a.s.l.

Unesco site:
Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Targa Florio Wine Road
Unesco World Heritage Sites

Protected Natural Areas:
Madonie Park

Municipality of Cefalù
Corso Ruggero 139/B - 90015 Cefalù (PA)
Tel. 0921-924111

With Trenitalia the villages are closer. The formal collaboration between Ferrovie dello Stato and the Club of the most beautiful villages of Italy.

Yesterday in Rome has been officially presented to the Convention between Trenitalia and the Club of the most beautiful villages of Italy to give the possibility to easily reach 23 among the most beautiful villages of our country.

Next or present Events

  • The old strina
    31-12-2018
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2018-12-31 2018-12-31 Europe/Rome The old strina According to the folklore citizen, the old strina is a figure of old beneficial that the night between 31 December and the first January brings gifts to children good and charcoal and ash for the bad ones, as in other sicilian villages; make the dead. In the days prior to the children it is recommended not to make too much noise because the old strina r u casteddu you 'nna adduna: his dwelling is in fact envisaged on the bobbin. The night before the boys spin on the streets playing rinali (milk and broken jar), while children who go to sleep it is recommended to keep their eyes closed, if they do not want the old is c u spitu infucatu to burn their eyes. Cefalù

    According to the folklore citizen, the old strina is a figure of old beneficial that the night between 31 December and the first January brings gifts to children good and charcoal and ash for the bad ones, as in other sicilian villages; make the dead. In the days prior to the children it is recommended not to make too much noise because the old strina r u casteddu you 'nna adduna: his dwelling is in fact envisaged on the bobbin. The night before the boys spin on the streets playing rinali (milk and broken jar), while children who go to sleep it is recommended to keep their eyes closed, if they do not want the old is c u spitu infucatu to burn their eyes.

  • The octave of Corpus Christi
    20-06-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-06-20 2019-06-20 Europe/Rome The octave of Corpus Christi Corresponds to the eight days of the month of June by a thursdayì the next Thursday, in which is celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi, with processions of the adherents of the various guilds that bare the large vexillum kept inside the Cathedral. The corporations are recognized by the city, who alternated on feast days were: Masters nichi: young people "masters" of the various categories of craftsmen; the ucciera (butchers); the piscatura (fishermen); the viddani (farmers, to whom he had entrusted the organization of allegorical floats inspired by the life of the fields and to the products of the land, the firstfruits); the marinara of viliera (sailors of sailboats, that despite they originate from Ceto fishermen were distinguished for their browsing experience); the parrini (priests); the card counting (aristocrats); the ranni masters (masters large, La Maestranza par excellence, specifically in the field of cabinetmaking). On the occasion of the eighth, and exactly the sunday was the frottola, term with which it was intended to do not a poem susceptible of being music, but the floats parade along the streets of the country, with at its head a snare drum constantly. The wagons represent with flowers, the Blessed Sacrament and the peasant life. Immediately after the performer of drum (tamburaro) there are countless children who carry the cucciddati, bread in the shape of a donut made with flour of the first wheat of the year, that are hung on the sticks, and children cry for the expression of good wishes: Viva u loaves. In ancient times, when every street had the name of a holy, the Frottola stood still and were recited of lullabies exalting the virtues of Christians. Cefalù

    Corresponds to the eight days of the month of June by a thursdayì the next Thursday, in which is celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi, with processions of the adherents of the various guilds that bare the large vexillum kept inside the Cathedral. The corporations are recognized by the city, who alternated on feast days were: Masters nichi: young people "masters" of the various categories of craftsmen; the ucciera (butchers); the piscatura (fishermen); the viddani (farmers, to whom he had entrusted the organization of allegorical floats inspired by the life of the fields and to the products of the land, the firstfruits); the marinara of viliera (sailors of sailboats, that despite they originate from Ceto fishermen were distinguished for their browsing experience); the parrini (priests); the card counting (aristocrats); the ranni masters (masters large, La Maestranza par excellence, specifically in the field of cabinetmaking). On the occasion of the eighth, and exactly the sunday was the frottola, term with which it was intended to do not a poem susceptible of being music, but the floats parade along the streets of the country, with at its head a snare drum constantly. The wagons represent with flowers, the Blessed Sacrament and the peasant life. Immediately after the performer of drum (tamburaro) there are countless children who carry the cucciddati, bread in the shape of a donut made with flour of the first wheat of the year, that are hung on the sticks, and children cry for the expression of good wishes: Viva u loaves. In ancient times, when every street had the name of a holy, the Frottola stood still and were recited of lullabies exalting the virtues of Christians.

  • Celebrations of the Santissimo Salvatore
    From 02-08-2019
    To 06-08-2019
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-08-02 2019-08-06 Europe/Rome Celebrations of the Santissimo Salvatore The holder of the Basilica Cathedral and protector of the city. Although the Immaculate the patroness of Cefalù, the SS. Salvatore is always been celebrated as the patron saint of Cefalù. In the afternoon of the final day of the celebrations of the SS. Salvatore, a race is taking place Antinna call to seas or 'Ntinna to seas. The race sees the young and elderly fishermen prosthesis to the conquest of a colored flag attached to the tip of a long trunk, made slippery by grease and soap, which is arranged horizontally at sea and firmly fixed to the quay. Cefalù

    The holder of the Basilica Cathedral and protector of the city. Although the Immaculate the patroness of Cefalù, the SS. Salvatore is always been celebrated as the patron saint of Cefalù. In the afternoon of the final day of the celebrations of the SS. Salvatore, a race is taking place Antinna call to seas or 'Ntinna to seas. The race sees the young and elderly fishermen prosthesis to the conquest of a colored flag attached to the tip of a long trunk, made slippery by grease and soap, which is arranged horizontally at sea and firmly fixed to the quay.

Past Events

  • Tenuta Bangura opens Doors
    15-10-2017
    Festival

    Villa Balti, Contrada Mazzaforno
    Free entrance.
    From 10:30/13:00; 15:00/17:30

  • "Panettone Festival"
    From 01-12-2017
    To 03-12-2017
    Festival

    Cefalù Capital of Panettone for a weekend

  • La Candelora
    02-02-2018
    Religious occurrences

  • I Sansoni in Fratelli...ma non Troppo
    29-04-2018
    Shows

  • The Romantic Night
    23-06-2018
    Festival

  • 11th Karting Grand Prix
    From 06-10-2018
    To 07-10-2018
    Sports

Other Events

  • Weekly market: Every Saturday, in the centre;
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