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From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

1. From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Palermo city center on a half-day tour to Monreale and Cefalù. Marvel at a Norman cathedral on the slopes of Monte Caputo, and learn the Greek and Medieval history of one of Sicily’s most beautiful towns. Following a pick-up from your hotel or the port of Palermo, transfer to Monreale where you will have approximately 1-hour to tour the Duomo. An official audio guide is included to learn the history of the 12th-century building, considered one of the greatest landmarks of medieval ecclesiastical architecture in the south of Italy. Then, drive along the north coast of Sicily, on route to the beautiful town of Cefalù. Sit back and relax on the 1.5-hour journey, and on arrival go to the 12th-century Duomo. See traces of the Middle Ages at the Osterio Magno. Get panoramic views from the Porta Terra. Discover Greek and Arabic pottery in the Mandralisca Museum, and walk down some curving stone steps to a picturesque cluster of 16th-century wash basins at the Lavatoio.

Cefalù: Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Castelbuono

2. Cefalù: Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour in Castelbuono

Explore the wines of Sicily on a half-day tour of the picturesque Madonie Mountains, the 2nd natural reserve established on the island. You will go to the prettiest of all the hilltop towns and villages on a scenic tour to Castelbuono. Famous for the 14th-century Arab-Norman castle, built during the Hohenstaufen rule of southern Italy, the church is also home to the holy relic of Sant’ Anna. Take a stroll through the town center, with breathtaking views all the way. Next, visit the gold medal, award-winning Abbazia Sant’Anastasia winery to taste some of their selected organic wines, served with typical appetizers of the region. Take a tour of the wine cellar, and savor the oak smells of the handcrafted barriques (barrels).

Cefalù: Sicilian Gems Mount Etna (to 1900) Meters & Taormina

3. Cefalù: Sicilian Gems Mount Etna (to 1900) Meters & Taormina

Taormina town lies upon a hill (Monte Tauro) at 206 meters above sea level. This beautiful terrace, suspended between land and sea with Mount Etna behind it and thanks to the natural frame with its contrasts, monuments, beautiful alleys and cultural events hosted, attracts many tourists from all over the world. Dating back as far as 358 B.C., it is home to some of the most well-preserved buildings, medieval courtyards and historic landmarks in this corner of the world. Sip a cappuccino in the Piazza IX Aprile, browse the chic boutiques or check out the town’s star attraction – its ancient Greco-Roman theatre. Then, climb up to 1900 meters on Mount Etna, the most important Volcano in Europe and enjoy the peculiar lava landscape. Before you know it, you're standing on the pulsing and flaming heart of the island - Mount Etna.

Cefalù: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

4. Cefalù: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

Your tour will begin as you visit a local market with your Cesarina. There you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of an Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce from the land. When you return to your Cesarina’s home, you will begin a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. You will then sit down at an authentic Italian table to enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks included consist of water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. This is your opportunity to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Cefalù: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

5. Cefalù: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoying an exclusive cooking show and tasting authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, dessert, and drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee).

Cefalù: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

6. Cefalù: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Cefalù: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

7. Cefalù: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

Go food shopping like a local in Cefalù, enjoying the distinctive Italian market experience and learning how to recognize the best products by sight. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes from the area's regional cuisine. At the end of your lesson, savor the fruits of your labor, washed down with local wines. During the lesson, learn the tricks of the trade for 3 authentic local recipes from your local chef guide and have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared, accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Cefalu: Dinner in the Madonie Mountains

8. Cefalu: Dinner in the Madonie Mountains

Transfer to one of the most beautiful mountain villages in Madonie National Park on a 5-hour evening tour to San Mauro Castelverde, famous for its medieval churches and typical small squares. Feast your eyes on a landscape of mountains and sea. Go to ‘’Trattoria La Posada” in Karsa, a small hamlet of the village of San Mauro. Upon arrival, experience an authentic Sicilian welcome and feast on flavorsome Sicilian food. Discover the culinary secrets of chef Rosa, tasting dishes of organic foods produced in the surrounding farms. Listen to some typical Sicilian music until late at night as you dine.

Cefalù: Sicily's Capital Palermo Street Food Tour

9. Cefalù: Sicily's Capital Palermo Street Food Tour

Here the architectures mix in Gothic, Norman and Baroque styles but it's the Moorish and Arabs who have left the strongest trace. They say that Palermo is hard to describe, it's a sensual, fascinating and chaotic city. It is one of those cities with its own atmosphere, a place of mystery where reality often outperforms the traveler's imagination.  The guide will explain some of the city's wonders and a stroll at your own pace will allow you to take in the flavors of this magnificent city. This tour is a walking tour through the main squares and street markets of the city center that allows travelers to sample the best Palermitan street food. Along the walk participants enter places hung out only by real Sicilians, such as bakeries and old inns. All places have been selected to offer travelers the most authentic street food. The group will be constituted with a maximum of ten participants in order to let people enjoy the walk. This tour isn't just for food! Itineraries are designed to offer travelers a complete overview on the history, arts, food and traditions of Palermo. Tour guides provide historical information on the monuments and churches visible along the walk and share with travelers the most intimate secrets of local cuisine and habits.    

Cefalú: La Rocca Archaeological Park Guided Hiking Tour

10. Cefalú: La Rocca Archaeological Park Guided Hiking Tour

The guided tour of the archaeological park of Cefalù will make you discover an important naturalistic and historical area because it preserves the archaeological remains combined with the charm and naturalistic beauty of the Park. Starting from the town of Cefalù, on a trekking route we head towards the promontory which has an altitude of 270 meters above sea level and we enter the naturalistic and archaeological park of the Rocca di Cefalù. The ascent to the Rocca, through a fortified medieval path, offers the visitor many postcard views and culminates in a spectacular panoramic point from which it is possible to appreciate the view of Cefalù over the sea. The fortress houses several monuments of Byzantine origin, the population in the past centuries took advantage of its position to take refuge from enemy attacks. You will visit the remains of the Temple of Diana, full of legends and mysteries about its construction appears as a fortress sanctuary: the realization similar to a fortress and the ideal position to control those arriving from the sea and is a sacred building linked to the cult of water. Nearby we can admire a cistern dating back to the 9th century BC. and the little church of S. Anna. Walking through the park with our guided tour we will be able to admire other archaeological testimonies of the Byzantine peoples such as fortification walls and ovens, all inserted in a spectacular green landscape where you can immerse yourself in the silence of nature and its beauty that reaches its maximum splendor at sunset and you can enjoy a unique view of Cefalù

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What people are saying about Cefalù

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 213 reviews

Our lodging in Palermo changed due to Covid and we had to change our pick up location last minute. We were accommodated and were picked up promptly. Our driver Marco was very knowledgeable and gave us the history of the area and Sicily along the way. Monreale was unbelievable and Cefalu is simply paradise. We were given ample time to explore each of the areas. We would definitely recommend this tour.

Joshua is the guy to go for. Above and beyond. Super knowledgable Hilarious stories and overall amazing guy! Can't recommend him more. Montreal Cathedral is probably the most beautiful cathedral ever and the waters at Cefalu were incredible. Along with the food in both. Super easy overall.

I recommend for the convenience of picking up directly from where you are staying, for the prepared and friendly, multilingual guide, who told us a lot of history during the trip and gave us valuable tips to make the most of this trip! Thank you

as usual, Marco was a delight to be with on the tour. Very upbeat guy and his knowledge is unsurpassed. The sites were great to visit.

Monreale was amazing really worth the trip. Joshua was an excellent driver, super nice and helpful.