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SHORE EXCURSION: BAGHERIA & CEFALÙ TOUR:  8 Hours                                                                         
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Includes:  Our private tour of Bagheria and Cefalù includes private “driving guide,” private door-to-door transportation, taxes, tolls and parking.

This tour will follow the Northern coast of Sicily to the beautiful town of Cefalù and its beautiful surrounding area with your local expert tour guide. The tour begins with a visit to a town of Bagheria, famous for its Baroque villas. You will visit the most unusual of the bunch, built by the Prince of Palagonia, who was obsessed with monsters and mirrors. This famous villa, built in the 1700s, is very similar to the Mediterranean-style Palladio Villa in Venetobut.

Your guided tour of Cefalù, a charming village with winding, narrow streets and delightful restaurants overlooking a rocky coast. Cefalù is dominated by a huge megalith known as “La Rocca” – once the site of a Temple of Diane and one of the finest Norman-Arab-Byzantine cathedrals. The Duomo, begun in 1131 by Roger II, was intended as the principal religious seat in Sicily. Though it never fulfilled this function, the building’s magnificence has never been eclipsed. The Duomo’s fine mosaics, most notably one depicting Christ Pantocrator in the apse, are often celebrated as the purest Byzantine works of art on Sicilian soil.

You will round out your tour of Cefalù with a visit to the Mandralisca museum, feturing an Antonello da Messina painting and a vast collection of coins, ceramics, vases, minerals and shells.

 

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