The 12th century Arab-Norman monument is part of the World Heritage Site
The sturdy medieval lines of Cefalù’s Cathedral are softened by palm trees and tourist’s shirts are filling the city hall piazza before it. The two towers of the wonderful old cathedral stand high over the roofs of the town. And above the great rock, the Rocca. Dominating all in the apse is the great golden mosaic of the Christ Pantocrator. It is probably unsurpassed by any other representation of Christ.
from Palermo Port
Pick up by your private Driver Guide and board a Premium Mercedes Minivan. Enjoy a drive (1h) heading east, following the beautiful north coast to an enchanting area.
The surround scenery offers many woodland areas that cover most of the protected Madonie Natural Reserve. Arrive in Cefalù, a lovely town once was a typical fishing village. During a stroll trough the characteristic streets, visit with your private guide the medieval washhouse and the Norman Cathedral from the 12th Century. There will be time for lunch in one of the local restaurants, or just a cappuccino and gelato.
Find the apotheosis of Norman architecture in Monreale. It is part of the World Heritage Arab Norman Period built under William II. It rivals Saint Sophia in Istanbul and Saint Mark’s in Venice in its use of decorative mosaics. While it is Romanesque in overall style, the cathedral combines aspects of Arab, in addition to Byzantine and Norman architecture.
Drop off at the port
The Norman ruler of Sicily, William II (1154-89), commissioned the Monastery of Monreale. It combines in one project employment of both Sicilian and Byzantine craftsmen. Discover the highlight of the Cathedral and its interior with a Guide Driver. Incandescent with the gold of the mosaics. Covering the walls of the nave, aisles furthermore the transept and apse. 81800 square feet in total.