CEFALU'

 

 

It is not possible to establish a definite date of the founding of the city. The first reliable news
date back to 396 BC, as shown by some documentary sources. Since that year and until 254 BC,
Cefalu suffered especially the Carthaginian domination, interrupted in some periods before the conquest Dionysius I of Syracuse, then from that of Agathocles. Since 254 BC, fell under the Roman power.
The fall of the Roman Empire, Cefalu went through a period of decline. At that time, the few
inhabitants moved away from the sea to retreat on the Rock, where he was born in a village
Byzantine period from the eighth to the ninth century. In 858, the city was laboriously conquered by the Arabs, But that will not leave any trace monumental. Cefalu enjoyed its heyday under Normans, who were replaced by the Arabs in 1063, when Count Roger and his brother Robert Guiscard conquered Sicily. Almost a century later, the son of Count Roger, Roger II, brought the city to the sea, rebuilding after the destruction wrought by his father, on what was remained, and making you build the famous Duomo, is still the pride of the city.
The Normans took turns the Swabians of Federico II. It 'an unfortunate period for the city, which
passed from this to that family, until the domination of the Spanish Catholics in the fifteenth century, when was born a true urban center, thanks to a prolific building activity.
From the sixteenth century, the history of Cefalu intruded in the political climate which lingered throughout Italy, and which led, centuries later, in the revolution and saw him fall many patriots. As throughout the south, Cefalu started towards recovery slowly, facing, after 1860, the problems derived from the achieved unification of Italy.

Hotel Alberi del Paradiso*****

 

On the edge of the town, sun-drenched Via dei Mulini winds its way up among olive trees and orange groves that skirt the stream and the small canal that, for centuries, have fed the water mills that follow one another along the ridge. Today, three of these mills lie within the hotel's gardens.
Cool Mediterranean gardens, in the centre of the Gulf of Cefalu': to the west the Santa Lucia promontory, crystal-clear water and cliffs reddened by sunsets; to the east the "Rocca", the symbol of the town, which rises above the 12th century Norman Cathedral.

In spring you might feel dazed by the fragrance of the jasmine and the pittosporum and by the melodies coming from the gurgle of the stream, from the foliage of the poplar trees and from the birds that populate the garden.
From this enchanting spot you can see the palm trees and centuries old carob trees growing in front of the Norman Cathedral, which is silhouetted against the intense azure of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The buildings, the colour and material of Sicilian landscapes, with their vernacular architecture and simple elements, remind you of the predominant styles of the island's history.

 

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HOTEL LE CALETTE*****

 

Hotel Le Calette, situated in a splendid little corner of Sicily, in a bay not far from Cefalù, due to its pleasant position on the sea and the restful greenery of its park, and more still to the uncontaminated Madonie Park, bestows a wonderful sense of relaxation on its guests. A mere 2 kms from Cefalù’s historical centre, the hotel enjoys a spectacular panoramic position; on the one side the “Rocca” (a massive calcareous rock) that rises above and dominates the town, and on the other the tourist port and the sea dominated by the silhouettes of rocks that jut out of it. Hotel Le Calette is characterized by the originality of its Mediterranean-style buildings and by the way it fits naturally into the surrounding environment. The swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, private beach and children’s playground, can all be found in Hotel Le Calette’s beautiful grounds, which cover an area of more than 12,000 sq. There are diverse rooms, some of which have terraces overlooking the sea and others, on the ground floor, which face the sea. All the rooms are equipped with a mini bar, safe, satellite TV and Sky TV card, hair dryer, telephone and air conditioning. The hotel also features Suites and Junior Suites overlooking the sea, which include bedroom, bathroom, Jacuzzi and terrace. In a familiar but discreet atmosphere, Hotel Le Calette bestows on its guests the pleasure of typical Sicilian cuisine where aroma and simplicity enable its diners to discover the fragrance and flavour of healthy, genuine good food. Hotel Le Calette provides a series of activities that unite relaxation with nature: warm evenings spent by the poolside with music from the piano bar; fish barbecued by the poolside, with Sicilian folk music that entertains the guests in a unique atmosphere, while typical Sicilian dishes are served to the background music from an accordion and mandolin. Hotel Le Calette’s terrace, positioned along the rocky coastline, is a cosy corner for a private evening in which to celebrate a birthday, a graduation, a wedding or any other event. Those guests interested in exploring the architectural and natural beauties of Sicily, can sign up for sight-seeing tours that leave daily directly from the hotel. The tours go to the most interesting places in Sicily like Palermo, Agrigento, Mount Etna and Taormina, the Madonie Park and others. It is also possible to hire a motor boat or sail boat (with skipper) to go to the Aeolian Islands (i.e. Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea, Stromboli). Hotel Le Calette’s guests are also welcome to use the well-being centre and tennis courts available at Hotel Alberi del Paradiso.

 

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