Cefalu is one of Italy’s most picturesque villages and one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is located in the northern coast, approximately 70 km from Palermo.
Kephaloidion, Coephaledium, for Romans and Greeks, means head or also top, extreme. Gafludi is an Arabic word that refers to a fortified city with abundant water.
The city is dominated a massive rock rising up to 270m in height. This rock was previously known to the Phoenicians ” promontory of Hercules“, on which stands the Temple of Diana, a megalithic structure linked to water worship, as indicated by the nearby Cistern, dating back to the ninth century BC. The historic district lies in the shadow of the bastion and clings to its beating heart, which is undoubtedly, the Duomo. This gigantic cathedral was built by Roger II, an English Norman.