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.

Pollina a Labyrinth of a Village

Pollina is most known for the simple fact that it’s one of two places in the entire world to harvest manna, the sap that is from ash trees, and is filled with hidden gems. It’s home to approximately four thousand people, and is also one of the more popular tourist destinations while in Cefalu considering it’s an ancient labyrinth made of small, narrow streets. It’s situated on top of a rocky spur of approximately 730 meters, and has an incredible view of the Tyrreneian sea and the Rocky outcrop, also known as the Rocca. The Nebrodi and the Madonie are also visible from there as well.

The Sicilian Renaissance Treasure

 The Chiesa Madre, which is the main church for the entire village, is home to the Madonna della Grazia and a number of statues which represent the Nativity, created by Antonello Gagini. This amazing Sicilian artist’s sculptors were extremely important when settled in Palermo, and came from the workshops that were introduced during Sicily’s Renaissance era by Antollo’s father, Domenico Gagini. They were introduced with Francesco Laurana, another artist, who has his own Madonna in the church as well.

The church itself is dedicated to St.Paul and St.John and dates all the way back to the 16th century. The exterior of the church has bas-relief panels featured that represent the Resurrection of Christ. The Chiesa di San Giuliano is dedicated to the patron saint of Pollina, and is an amazing example of Romanesque architecture that boasts ancient history at its finest.

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The Teatro di Pietrarosa

 Translated to the Theatre of Pietrarosa in English, this structure has been made into a model of Greek and Roman theaters, which puts on classical performance plays during the summer months. While in or around that location, you are able to enjoy the mountainous panorama, which even the locals stop to take in.

A Day in Palermo

one day in Palermo

Palermo is a beautiful city in Sicily, Italy and has an ever-changing character to it. This amazing city is full of museums, markets, baroque jostle and Arabian domes. Describing Palermo as a fascinating city does not even begin to do justice, as it’s somewhat like a completely different world from something you would normally see around the globe. With its own perfect style and flair, this city is definitely one of a kind. Palermo has hundreds of things to do, but when you only have one day, it can be difficult to look at your options and figure out what you want to do.

Walk the Via Vittorio Emanuele

Some of the best gems can be found here, and all you have to do is simply walk around. It’s home to the Palazzo dei Normanni, which is a Norman palace full of mosaic and home to the regional government of Sicily. While walking you will also be able to see all of the buildings that were built in the styles of Byzantine, Arab and Norman, which pays homage to the days when it was controlled by such regions. The Quattro Canti, or the Four Corners, are fountains and statues that can be found where the Via Maqueda and the Via Vittori Emanuele connect.

Vine & Co – Piazza Marina

If you’re big on wine then you simply will not want to miss this location, considering the fact that Sicily is one of the biggest wine producers in Italy. This location allows customers to fill a five litre jug full of either white or red wine and take it with you, no small plastic bottles.

Palermo’s Duomo

This amazing building was constructed by the Normans during 1184 and added to later on by the Spaniards, an architect from Naples and the Goths. It stands in front of Via Vittorio Emanuele’s Duomo, which allows you to pin point the additions that were added over time by each individual groups, considering the styles don’t blend that well. Overall, this created an amazing architectural structure.

The Fontana Pretoria

Also known as the Fountain of Shame, this attraction was unveiled during 1575, and interestingly enough, citizens at that time thought this fountain to be very disgraceful, as it is located basically right between two of the churches that share Piazza Pretoria.

The Vucciria Market

There are a total of three openly aired markets to visit in Palermo, but this one is the best, considering it’s over 700 years old and shoppers both tourist and local absolutely love it. Dulce and Cabbana sunglasses as well as Prado handbags are just a few of the knock-off designer brands that can be found here, as well as fresh produce, household items, spices, cheeses and meats. This part of the city is also one of the more Arabic sections, and is open Monday through Sunday usually until 2:00 PM.

A day in Palermo will show you just how amazing Italy can be, especially when there is so much to do in walking distance.