In late September, my son got married to a beautiful young lady from Palermo, Sicily.
It was an ideal spot for a wedding or honeymoon. We spent the first two days in the City of Palermo, had the civil ceremony outside in a park (the couple sits for the ceremony). The reception was held in a Villa in the country. It felt like we were in a movie.
The highlight for me was taking the one hour train ride out of the big city, to Cefalu. We spent three nights there, getting to know our new daughter in law’s family, and spending time with our son.
The small town of Cefalù on Sicily‘s northern coast may not have the glitz and glamor of the island’s top resort, Taormina, but it has bucketfuls of atmosphere, charm – and sand!
The town has featured in several Italian films, including the Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso, and it’s easy to see why.
Its setting is spectacular. The ancient fishing port, dominated by its magnificent Norman cathedral, huddles below the mighty Rocca, a huge limestone crag from whose summit you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views stretching as far as Palermo, some 50 miles to the west.
The beautiful, crescent-shaped beach offers safe, warm swimming in the Tyrrhenian Sea well into October or November. The beach is fringed by wooded mountains, and just a few miles inland lies the wonderful Madonie natural park, incorporating historic villages, abundant wildlife and some of the highest mountains in Sicily.
If you want to travel to a part of Italy that is less crowded, let me help you plan the perfect honeymoon in Sicily.