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About Cefalù

On the northern coast, 75 kilometers east of Palermo, Cefalù is built on the site of an ancient Sicanian and Greek settlement. Cefalù is one of the jewels of Sicily, the Pearl of Tirreno. A picturesque medieval town grouped around a superb Norman Cathedral, leading down to a beautiful sand beach and sea front. The name Cefalù comes from the Greek Kefa, which means "head which derives from the rock", a large rock cliff that dominates the town, and from its foot extends the historic town centre.
Begun in 1131, the Norman cathedral and the adjoining abbey and cloister were completed some years later. The church was one of the first Sicilian cathedrals built on the Western model, with a long nave and distinct transept.
Near the ruins of the citadel at the top of the mountain are the remnants of the Temple of Diana, probably a Sicanian structure. Its portal and cut stone reflect Greek and Roman construction, and in fact the cult of Hercules practiced here. However, the temple's foundations are actually far more ancient, dating to the ninth century BC.
Several medieval buildings still stand in the city itself. These include the lavatoio (lavandai), a medieval wash house fed by freshwater springs, and the Osteria Magna (Great Guest house). A maze of charming medieval streets make Cefalù a pleasant spot, whether you stay for a morning or an entire day. There are some good restaurants in the town center and near the beach that offer seafood and other local specialties, and a number of pizzerias.

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Villa Lalo (Code CIS)
villa in cefalu villa in cefalu
(Sleeps 8) 200 m2. 5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Splendid Mediterranean style house on a mid-hill position in a quiet, sunny, panoramic sea view location. In its outskirts extends the Madonie mountains reserve with its ancient rock-villages. The villa is surrounded by a huge luxuriant garden with oaks, junipers, pines, and ornamental plants. The comfortable well-maintained residence has original architectural elements such as artisan-brickwork pavements, hand painted majolica tiles, ceilings with exposed wood timbers and antique furniture. The bedrooms, spacious and comfortable, have been furnished with taste and personality with the original wrought-iron beds. The living-room and kitchen look onto the large open gallery (50 m2) with garden furniture (table, chairs, deck-chairs) while in the back of the villa - on the upper level - there is another court equipped for open-air dining (outdoor kitchen, wood burning oven, barbecue, shower). Palermo 60 km, railway station 4 km (Cefalù), airport 80 km (Palermo), port 65 km, sandy beach 3 km, rocky beach 2 km. Country location. Floor Plan: G.F.: living-dining room with fireplace, brickwork kitchen open onto the living-room, 1 bathroom with shower, closet, terrace with arcade, garden. 1st F.: 2 double bedrooms, 2 single bedrooms, 1 bathroom with shower, terrace, garden. 2nd F. (garret): 1 double bedroom (1 air-conditioning split), 1 bathroom with tub, 2 terraces. Accessories: washing-machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, chest freezer, 1 oven(s) electric, fireplace, TV, Satellite receiver, CD player, DVD player, barbecue, outdoor shower, additional bed, heating: radiators + fireplace (extra), 3 ceiling fans.

Jan 07 - Apr 06
Apr 14 - May 04
Sep 29 - Dec 21
May 05 - Jun 29
Sep 01 - Sep 28
Dec 22 - Jan 04
Jun 30 - Jul 27
Aug 25 - Aug 31
Jul 28 - Aug 24
8 persons
Includes: water, gas, electricity, final cleaning, bed linen & towels, weekly tidying up, private parking space, small pets allowed, welcome basket. Extra services: maid service (paid locally).


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