Hotel Le Calette

Hotel le calette

A very comfortable hotel to stay at Le Calette

The hotel is located close to the heart of Cefalu. It is about a 15min walk along the sea front.

The rooms are clean and modern and many have a nice balcony area to enjoy.

The restaurant in the the hotel is elegant and serves good food. The breakfast is spectacular with the tables overlooking the sea.

The staff are ok. Not the friendliest but they where probably tired at the end of the summer season.

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Sensational Sicily: Eat, drink and explore Roman ruins

Architectural treasures, delicious food and a wealth of cultural remnants from invasions over the past couple of thousand years or so are what give the Sicily of today its unique identity. Part of Italy it may be, but this sun-drenched island –the largest in the Mediterranean – has a heritage that includes Greek, Roman, Arab and even Norman infuences.

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Traces of these vastly different cultures are everywhere on this sun-drenched island, from its distinctive, flamboyant architecture to the world famous Sicilian cuisine. The major attractions here are well known – Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, sent spectacular columns of lava high into the air as recently as a couple of months ago.

And its cities – such as Syracuse and nearby Catania – are packed with sunny squares and glorious historic churches. But for our summer holiday, we decided to explore Licata, a city on the south coast between Ragusa – where BBC Four’s popular Inspector Montalbano series is filmed – and Agrigento, home to Sicily’s most famous historical attraction, the Valley of the Temples.

It put us within reach of a cornucopia of cultural sites and beaches, although Licata is not well known itself – except by Second World War buffs as a landing point for invading Allied forces in 1943. It has its share of pretty churches as well as a castle and a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, La Madia, that attracts fine diners from all over the world.

After flying into the capital, Palermo – and driving our rental car three hours south – we reached our rental villa, Masseria Falamandrina, a renovated farmhouse with a glorious pool, all nestling in an olive grove on a working organic farm. The owner, Giulia, kindly presented us with a bottle of olive oil made on the premises. It was gorgeously fruity when poured over the caprese salads we made each day for our alfresco lunches on the villa’s shady terrace.

Licata’s attractions included an historical centre with imposing buildings and cafés offering refreshing coffee and gelato. Impressive edifces included the grand Palazzo Frangipane and Palazzo di Citá, an art nouveau building that overlooks the town’s central road crossing. Also worth seeing is the 18th-century Church of Santa Maria La Nova, which houses the famous ‘Black Crucifix,’ blackened during a fire set by the Turks during the 15th Century.

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Excursions to the Gorges of Tiberius

The Gorges of Tiberius, site Geopark recognized by UNESCO, are located along the river Pollina in the Madonie Park in the San Mauro Castelverde. Gole, about 400 meters long and as high as up to 50 meters, are made up of limestone rocks formed in the upper Triassic.

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The visit to the Gorges of Tiberius is a trip back in time, in a wild and unknown accessible to all, but recommended only to those who truly love the unspoiled nature, silence and live a unique sensory experience to discover a primordial world dating back some 200 million years ago a completely preserved even today, as very few other places in the world, where the changing seasons and plasma model the surrounding ecosystem.

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Visiting the Gorges means discovering fossils of gastropods, the many bird nests also just inches from the water, the numerous caves once inhabited by bandits and legends related to them and to the place, that of the famous Miricu, the Truatura and Monster, the play of light that are created between the water and the walls, the contrast between the warm winds outside and cool inside, and if you are lucky, even the eagle in flight.

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Lavatoio Medievale

The Lavatoio Medievale

The Lavatoio Medievale is a point of interest in Cefalu that cannot be missed, as it’s one of the many historical landmarks that one can visit throughout the region. The story behind the Lavatoio Medievale is an ancient one, as this is the area where the women would come to wash and rinse their family’s clothing during ancient times many centuries ago.

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It’s also a very refreshing spot to stand and watch the water fill up the small pools, and just imagine what life was like back then. This gorgeous historical point of interest is easily accessed by walking, and is away from the sun’s unrelenting rays. From there, the water flows into a small channel and enters the sea. From a historical standpoint, the Lavatoio Medievale is a picturesque place to be. The sweeping steps that lead down to this ancient, but so beautiful, landmark has trees that literally come out of the steps, and are a guide to another world.

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If you would like to stay awhile in this area, there is even a restaurant located near the stairs that has a decent view of the sea, and great food. This attraction is perfect for those who love to visit historical landmarks, and will even entertain the children because of the small pools of water.

Ti Vitti Restaurant

This up and coming restaurant interestingly enough is named after a traditional Sicilian card game, and is run by Vincenzo Collara. The pasta, cannoli and fish dishes that are cooked up at this restaurant are unlike any other, and are created using nothing but the freshest ingredients from the local market.

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The menu at the Ti Vitti is based on what is in season, such as swordfish and some of the special treats that are sourced locally, such as the basilisco mushrooms that come from the Monte Madonie. During the winter time, the menu at the Ti Vitti is down to three secondi, three primi and three antipasti, which is all extremely fresh based on what is available at the local market during that day. The Ti Vitti proposes typical Sicilian dishes that are traditional through their tastes and colors.

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The name, Ti Vitti, comes from the traditional Sicilian card game, “vitti you get on and off”, which is inspired from the Sicilian dialect that means “I saw you”. The game is played by trying to get one of the players to break a rule, such as speaking, and is a game that is usually taught to children.

To inquire further about their menu, or about what’s in season, you can visit their website at ristorantetivitti.com, or call them at 39 0921 921571.

Very very nice and friendly with excellent food ” La Brace Cefalu”

La Brace Restaurant Cefalu

A beautiful location for some fine food and dining is the La Brace Restaurant in Cefalu. In a fabulous cathedral style building that is in the Arab-Norman architecture.  The windows that are stained glass make this setting ideal for a lovely night out on the town!

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After you’ve done eating you can walk through town, visit with people and enjoy the views that are offered in Cefalu.  From the sandy beaches or the overhanging rocks that are filled with vegetation.  This could be the perfect location to pop that special question to your loved one!

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This beauty is what convinced the proprietors of La Brace to move in 1976 and open this restaurant for al to enjoy.  If you want great food, good atmosphere and nice prices, this is the place to visit when in Cefalu!

website: http://www.ristorantelabrace.com

 

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Francesco Liberto ” painter, poet, and designer

Francesco Liberto

Francesco Liberto is a painter, poet, and designer, he loves to bring a touch of Cefalu in his artistry.  A way that will unite the Sicilian world to a New World, using his artistic ability to create not only history but memories of a time of long ago.

Stories that include legends as well as myths, and more.  Francesco got his love of these stories as told by his grandfather.  An artist who brings Cefalu and Sicily to the shores of New York.  Inventing and telling a story through his works of art, showing a beauty that few may ever see.

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Francesco takes the love of both country and works hard to create something that many will love.  He loves his studio in Cefalu, he says it’s a city that truly loves unconditionally.  He dedicated one of his shorts called T’Amo Cefalu to the city.

With work in poetry and drawings his art offers you a chance to see how he truly feels of his homeland.  Plus an inspiration he gets from New York as well.  He is an artist that you should check out!

Sant’Ambrogio

Sant’Ambrogio

The small location that is tucked in between a little crook in a hill right close to Cefalu in Sicily is fabulous.  Only five kilometres away from Cefalu, it’s a chance to walk into what seems like a completely different century.

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Cefalu offers you beauty of a fishing port that is ancient with wonderful cathedrals that are Romanesque in design.  However, it’s full of tourist, and getting much busier.  Sant’Ambrogio is not at all, in fact the life in this little location is much the same as it was in the last 500 years.  Where you can still find old man sitting on the beach in rows, while wives are sitting gossiping on the steps of their houses.

While the girls will watch the boys from afar acting as if they are not even noticing you, the boys pose around their vehicles!  You will find the priest who is going across the piazza on his way to work, while the cats walk in the alleys.

It’s often touted as a real “experience”, and if you want to see it, stop by this little village.  It may not be this way for long where you can view olive trees, pines and fruit trees among a rural setting.  But there are so many fabulous things to see in Sant’Ambrogio, it’s really a stop you should take to view for yourself!

Biologic Farm: Azienda Biologica Catalfamo

Biologic Farm: Azienda Biologica Catalfamo

Want to see just what a biological farm looks like?  While visiting Cefalu, check out Azienda Biologica Catalfamo.  Full of trees, fruit, olive and vegetables as well.  Not only that they have a small zoo to view as well, including horses, donkeys and other animals.  Walk through the woods and see some of nature, like hedgehogs, roe-deer or even foxes.  Plus you’ll see a variety of birds too.  It’s beautiful and a place where you can forget about the outside world.

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Even a spot where you can choose to spend a bit of time!  They have apartments that you can rent to enjoy this lovely area for a longer bit of time.  Whether you want a small studio or a larger 2 bedroom, they have both available.

Staying in one of those places will give you the chance to enjoy the farm even more and to view Lake Garda as well.  With oaks, orchards of fruit trees and the olive trees, plus some of the most extraordinary orchids you can see in the wild.

You can enjoy a walk or climb some of the steeper hills, and even try some mountain biking or surfing as well.  This location is one that will offer you so much to do and so many opportunities for pictures to take to share with loved ones back home!

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Charmiga Cefalu

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The charter bet again on the flight to Sicily’s northern coast. There is Cefalù a timeless classic in the small format – a friendly seaside resort where medieval meets modern town. With short distances between the hot beaches and cool alleys stands Cefalù for good balance. In addition, there are close to both the Sicilian wild mountains and the city of Palermo.

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