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Cefalù and surroundings



Cefalù, pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea, dominated by the characteristic and imposing Fortress and embellished by the majestic Arab-Norman Cathedral, immediately reveals to the visitor the beauty of its fascinating landscape, the result of the millennial passage of different cultures.


It is included in "the most beautiful villages in Italy" and the Duomo, or rather Basilica Cathedral of the Transfiguration, is declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands are one of the 55 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List in the section relating to natural heritage.



The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily is made up of seven splendid islands - Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi - and some islets and rocks emerging from a clear blue sea.


The Madonie are located between the rivers Imera (about 50 km east of Palermo) and Pollina which marks the border with the province of Messina and the Nebrodi mountains. To the north they fall into the Tyrrhenian Sea while to the south they dissolve in the central highlands of the Sicilian hinterland.



Petralia Soprana is located in the heart of Sicily, in the province of Palermo, it is the highest town in the Madonie mountains, it dominates a vast landscape that ranges from the snow-capped peaks of Etna, to the city of Enna and the mountains of Palermo and then the wide valleys and waterways of the surrounding countryside



The name of the town is of Greek origin – from Jerax, vulture – and alludes to its ancient origins as a fortified place, as an impervious fortress flown over by birds of prey. Whoever climbs up the mountain from the sea of ​​Cefalù for a visit to the towns of the Madonie regional park, after Castelbuono crosses a magnificent cork grove and finds himself in front of the image of a group of houses dominated by the ruins of a castle. Geraci Siculo, nestled on the rocky back of a hill, has an urban structure of narrow and winding streets, alleys and courtyards, where the medieval imprint is still evident.


All the villages of the Madonie

Inside the Madonie regional park there are several particularly characteristic and evocative medieval villages. Starting from Cefalù it is possible to reach them in less than an hour. Discover the other countries below.

The Fiumara of art

The Fiumara d'arte is an open-air museum consisting of a series of sculptures by contemporary artists located along the banks of the Tusa river which once flowed between the Nebrodi mountains with a path of twenty-one kilometres, up to the ancient city of Halaesa.


Ariadne's Labyrinth, the Pyramid and the Window on the Sea are the three symbolic works of the art stream. The route, which follows the Tusa river, winds through the first Nebrodi mountains and will offer you wonderful landscape views, as well as leading you through the various works of art of the river.


The period of maximum splendor of Palermo occurred with the Altavillas (in particular with Roger II and the Swabian Federico II), who made Sicily an independent state and were able to introduce the best of the Arab, Greco-Sicilian and Roman cultural heritage in Norman culture. Under the patronage of Frederick II of Swabia, King of Sicily and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, in Palermo, starting from the third decade of the 13th century, an environment of intense cultural activity was formed in Palermo which goes by the name of the Sicilian School.


From the Norman Palace to the Martorana Church. Each monument in Palermo tells the story of the city and the signs of the various dominations.

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