Appartamento Villa Settefrati 

via monte snc, 90015 Cefalu (Palermo, Sicily)   Type: Appartamento    Page visited 4087 times since 07.09.2009

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 Pets and small pets are not allowed (dog, cat, etc.) allowed.
 The accommodation is located near the sea.

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This extremely beautiful and spacious three-room apartment lies on a rise near Cefalù, surrounded from the appealing, Mediterranean nature. Ideal for guests,who prefer the elevated situation for the cooler air in summer and for the people who like to undertake travelling tours directly from their apartment . The sandy beach of cefalù is to ten minutes of distance.

From the big terrace you have a wonderful look on Cefalù and with clear view also on the Lipari islands. A big garden surrounds the duplex. The owner lives in the ground floor, he speaks fluently German and if you have some requests he will be always to your disposition. The villa is surrounded from a garden with palms, olives, and much green.

You can relax marvellously on the big terrace and can enjoy the beautiful gaze on that occasion on the gulf of Cefalù or into the hilly surroundings. You can reach the sea by ten minutes, the nearest businesses, restaurants and banks are to find in Cefalù.

The apartment has a generous area division and is equipped with rustic furniture. In the house, there are a TV (satellite TV), ADSL-internet connection and a dishwasher. Villa Sette Frati, 100qm, for 4people. Big Dining-/ Living room with kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a big terrace. From Cefalù, one can simply reach the near lying cities of Palermo,Messina, Agrigento, Erice, Taormina. If you have the desire to visit the lipari islands you can simply reach them from the harbour of Cefalu by boat.

    Rooms:

    1 kitchen fully equipped with all amenities
    2 double bedrooms
    2 bathrooms with shower, toilet, bidet
    60 m² terrace, satellite TV, Wi-Fi ADSL
    air conditioning

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        Surroundings:

        Cefalù and its history ...

        The city of Cefalu, the ancient Kephalodion - greek word referencing the head, which in this case refers to the natural conformation of the rock that dominates the site that houses the city - is in a prime location in the province of Palermo, built around a massive and imposing fortress that over the centuries has always played a defensive role. Cefalu is one of the 15 municipalities covered by the famous Sicilian Madonie Park, a major center not only natural but also historic because it is preserved the testimony of a person's life in the area over thousands of years, evidenced by findings related to changeover farms, churches, rock, mills ... The pace in this vital area is certainly outside the norm and has the charm of another era, of local crafts and traditional country thousands of years. All this is skillfully combined with the charm and beauty of the natural vegetation that is part of the city as Parco.Una Cefalu striking for its charm because of its exceptional location, its magnificent Romanesque cathedral that emerges from a maze of labyrinthine alleys and various elements Medieval held here, from those found along the slopes ranging from Rock to Corso Ruggero, an area comprising such small but charming streets and arches that connect the various buildings.

        Its origins is still being discussed, but it seems that the city is likely to originate from a central native who grew up through its contacts with the different populations from the fifth century BC dominated economically and politically zona.In this famous Sicilian town you can admire numerous archaeological artefacts such as the ruins of an old castle, the cathedral is famous for its mosaics, Palazzo Mandralisca, seat of the museum and storage of valuable works' art and, on the cliff overlooking the village are the remains of a megalithic shrine, called the Temple of Diana, which dates from the ninth century BC and that, along with other documents of prehistoric life attests to the presence of a settlement in place already in pre-orchestrated ellenica.Scavi have helped rebuild the town's history since its ancient origins, when the center was called, as already above, Kephaloidion and had contacts with the island Hellenistic centers, but also in its medieval and modern. These excavations have allowed to testify human presence on the site right from prehistoric times. The few but interesting to consider the oldest relics have been found mainly in the caves of the doves and mares and the tank dolmenica included in the Temple of Diana on the ninth century BC. The Temple of Diana here you can make reference to the possible signs of the original construction of the building which, apparently, was attained when the plant frourion and later restored. It seems that its construction dates from the fifth century BC. His role religion played over the years is attested by the presence of various artifacts related to Byzantine churches. Its structure is known megalithic and present in a polygonal shape with large blocks, several rooms and a corridor with access to the unique monolithic lintel. Studies of historical documents show that in 396 BC the inhabitants of the fortress of Kephalodion allied themselves with the Carthaginian general Imilcone. Later, when the Carthaginian expansion was arrested in Sicily by Dionysius the Elder, Cefalu fell Siracusa.Dopo of ups and downs during the first Punic War, was conquered in 254 BC, the Romans changed the name in Cephaloedium . Under Roman rule, however, the city experienced a period of growth, but was instead reduced to the status of civitas decumana. With the advent of Augustus Cefalu town became mercenaries, but we must always bear in mind the state of subjection and of little importance to maintain the city steadily during this periodo.Con the fall of the Western Roman Empire the city backed off considerably in physical sense of the word as the urban seat previously built along the coast gradually went into ruins to make way for the birth of a new urban site in the Fortress.

        There are several findings in the area and stating, among other things, precisely the period of the Hellenistic-Roman village. Among these can be mentioned first the fortification walls, the Temple of Diana in the rock, the remains of some roads affecting primarily for their rich paving and urban organization that currently have a very regular and the presence of medieval alleyways, the necropolis with numerous tombs, some of them monumental, covering a historical period that goes from the fourth to first century BC. The walls of fortification that, despite its antiquity, is still in good condition and helps to give an appearance of Cefalu impregnable stronghold. Its structure is complemented by the presence of towers and bastions of which would include: the remains of a tower, whose lower part was incorporated into the Church of Our Lady of the Chain and the bastion Marchiafava.La the best preserved, thanks to renovations prolungatisi the centuries, the fortification walls is to the north where you can admire the remains unearthed through archaeological excavations. Another aspect of the walls is the presence of Pescara Porta Marina or the lone survivor of the historic and original four-door that interrupted the wall itself, and which allows entry into the city.
        The missing gates were named Porta Terra, door or Arena Osuna, Porta della Giudecca. The survivor is composed of a Gothic arch and allows the vision of a beautiful landscape near the sea.



        The streets are remembered primarily for their flooring very rich and which should be noted that of the Augustan present in the city cathedral and the cobbled on to the fourth century BC Always close to Duomo.L 'current road structure includes a main town, the course Roger, which bisects the city and offers visitors the chance to swim in two different sections of the city, a medieval quarter of the one part characterized by a maze of narrow streets and landscapes, and another quarter from the conformation road smoother than its predecessor. In a further and further away present town you can admire the aforementioned Porta Marina and the remains of an ancient medieval wash-house, commonly referred to as' U Ch'un [the river], used up some decades ago and whose origin is still discussing because its medieval origins are probably not been proven with certainty. Going down the stairs obtained using the lava is entering a room marked by a roof and a very low time. Inside you can admire these vents in the walls of the room and allowing access of the water contained with difficulty from the site. Under the building there is the presence of a sort of cave that allows water to reach the sea. Near the sink you have the possibility to enjoy the spa known by the end of the bathroom of Cicero, an expression which also gives its name to the adjacent square. Worth mentioning are, then, the remains of ancient dwellings, and that is referable to at least three areas of ancient dwellings due to the III-II century BC. The historical importance of these environments is further evidenced by the finding in one of them a kind of jar containing bronze coins dating from the late fourth century BC. Among other exhibits relatively recent one can cite a floor mosaic dating from the late fourth century BC. It presents the figures of plants and animals among which stands a pigeon who drinks directly from the bowl of eternal life. Even the Hellenistic necropolis obviously has its historical and proven by the presence of some iscrizioni.Parte inscriptions found in the cemetery south of town are now preserved in the above-quoted Municipal Museum Mandralisca.

        Other domination suffered by the Arab region is started in 858 during which the city was annexed the emirate Palermo and changed his name to get to the next Gafludi.Occorre domination occurred with the arrival of the noble Norman Roger II - to see the revival coastal urban center, an event which, however, brought significant changes to planning and organization of the site before, and to return to the ancient splendor.

        It is precisely thanks to the advent of the Normans that the city experienced a period of great splendor, becoming, for example, Bishop's center, an event which always involves economic and political privileges. Norman site of the passage you have countless evidence attested, for example, the Duomo, or rather, the Basilica-Cathedral Arab-Norman and the inn Great.

        Osteria Great probably was the Imperial residence of Roger II and has now been restored and reopened as a public place. Architectural and structural elements of residence show the time evolution that the building has undergone. The structure consists, in fact, two different parts separated by time. The oldest part is made of lava stone and gold and dating from the end of a second and subsequent part of the building consists of a square tower.

        The city enjoyed a great prosperity until the second half of the twelfth century, but began to decline in the island When, civil strife broke out first among the Swabians sostenutori and those of Anjou, then the latter with that frgli Aragonese. With the spread of the contest, was repeatedly at the mercy of the Ventimiglia family, one of the most powerful internet regno.Fu plagued by bloody strife during the struggle between the Queen of Navarre and vicarious Bianca Bernardo Cabrera With the return of royal land experienced a renewed period of prosperity and gained renown for his study of law until the year in which he got jealous Catania sospensione.Nei the following centuries the historical events of Cefalu mix as the rest of all Sicily.



        The Castle of the Rock was the center of a dispute between Frederick II and the Bishop of Cefalu Arduino on his property, the dispute ended with the almost total victory for the Church. Later the castle was the prison of Charles II under Alfonso V of Aragon was sold to Ventimiglia and subsequently bought by the Bishop Sarzana.La Its date is uncertain because some historical relics excavated refer to a building on top of the planimetric thirteenth century, while the presence of silver pierreali suggest a slightly later date that falls towards the end of the century, supra. The building is rectangular, with two towers and its remains are protected not only by the strategic position occupied by the fortress on the site itself, but also by a wall which incorporates them.

        The Shrine of Gibilmanna is dedicated to Our Lady. The name of the site has Arabic origin as it relates to Gibel el Mann - Mount of Manna - or Gibel el Iman - Mountain of Faith -. Already its natural position, ie on the slopes of Pizzo S. Angel with a certain altitude, as well as his immersion in a variety of woods consisting of beech, cork, elm, chestnut and ash trees, gives the site a discreet charm. It seems that its origin is quite remote and is attributed to the emergence of communities cenobitic Benedictine establishment determined by the will of Pope Gregory the Great. Over the centuries the sacred place has been enriched considerably, thanks to important contributions of other religious orders, passing into the hands of the Capuchin Friars Hermits well. Obviously the sacred building has undergone structural changes over the centuries and the most obvious and massive cover the Baroque period. Inside you will find countless expressions of visual art background to the sacred, from the Chapel of Our Lady and dating to the early 1600s and contains a Byzantine fresco dedicated to the Madonna and Child. The above-mentioned conserved Museum here has the merit of adding historical and cultural charm to the whole structure and offers the chance to admire vestments, tools and works by using poor materials. Among other relics preserved here also remember the works relating to places of work and the various workshops of the Capuchins. You can still see ethno-anthropological artifacts testifying to the art of DIY also used by the friars and the Franciscan spirit representative simple and poor and also the paintings to be considered primarily as a discrete historical documentation relating to the characters and creators in the history of Gibilmanna particular religious order. To give some examples, we mention the painting of Brother Sebastian, the founder of the monastery on this site and even one dedicated to San Francesco and Santa Chiara. In this museum, as already mentioned, is a feeling of humility and poverty that reflects the renowned Franciscan spirit, which is not surprising for the lack of works by distinguished artists or the presence of special inscriptions and deeds autographed. The museum is intended to fill the role of housing permits the use of various works of artistic heritage from the conventual offices and is headed Capuchin Fra Giammaria di Tusa, who lived in the sixteenth century.

        Another speech deserves Mandralisca Town Museum, located just in front of the sanctuary which has just spoken. It was founded in the last century, according to the homonymous Cultural Foundation and thanks to donations of art and historical artefacts made by Henry Baron Mandralisca. It requires the presence of several sections, the Library, the Art Gallery, the sections archeology, numismatics and Malacologia. The exhibits here have preserved a certain importance, ranging from greek funerary inscription dating from the first century BC to a fair coin collection that preserves currencies referring to the various city-state island and other related and Lipari to Cefalu. The historical richness of the museum is also determined, as stated above, the presence of a strong library, where the adjective refers to a presence of many books that have a significant interest not only cultural but also historical since it is also possible to contemplate the sixteenth and two incunabula. Perhaps the most famous works here preserved and deservedly remembered and quoted everywhere is a painting created by Antonello da Messina and denimonato Portrait of an Unknown. It should be mentioned that the Art Gallery which collects this important work of art is very rich and preserved it in the works span a historical period from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. The archaeological section is included in this museum presents the archaeological finds from excavations carried out largely in the area surrounding the city of Cefalu and the Aeolian Islands. Another finding that deserves mention here preserved is the crater of Seller tuna made using the technique with red figures.

        Here we must speak strictly the most important monuments of the city, the Duomod'origine Norman. According to the legend that is handed down, the Noble Roger II ordered the construction to thank God that he survived a storm making land at Cefalu. As always, when it comes to such stories, proceed with caution is very necessary because the doubts are always there. In fact, the Normans are remembered and appreciated for having contributed to a remarkable development of arts and construction throughout the island, but we wonder, apart from the legend mentioned here, the lack of news on the economic and political motivations that have led Roger to choose this noble city, certainly one of the smallest he has dominated and away from the capital of his kingdom, to build this imposing cathedral which is certainly not a bad impression among other elle built during the Norman domination in Sicily. This superb building was founded in 1131 primarily affects its massive figure of strength enhanced by almost two towers on the façade and the same grandeur of the structure that dominates the surrounding area. It arose in an area previously urbanized, as already mentioned, pointing to the mosaic and exhibits on a road of Roman origin found here thanks to the archaeological excavations. To understand its scenic grandeur, it must be remembered that it dominates the old town and is surrounded by a sea horizon and the mountain wilderness that is visible from a distance on it. All the science in this era of architectural construction is involved in its construction: some influences date back to Egyptian megrebine regions while the project provides some coexistence between the original and subsequent Islamic architectural and structural organization and especially iconoclastic Byzantine liturgy. After the death of the noble Roger II, the church was inevitably a period of decay and the consequent neglect of the will of his patron to make a pantheon Norman, but fortunately it has not lost over the centuries that separate her from the time the original buildings Modern all its charm and beauty, even if by some small details show that its original structure was never completed. Subsequent phases involving construction note, for example, the adoption of the system decorative mosaics in the apse. Beginning with a thorough analysis of the construction, one can not help but start from its external structure, the front, preceded by a square terrace that turniale, set between two large square towers that give it a fortified structure and in turn a bit ' Reducing the presence of mullioned windows and crenellated complemented by a spire. This similarity is fed by a fortress by the presence of a battlement in the southern and the frequent tunnels and passages that connect the various parts of the building.

        The front is then completed by the presence of Panittera, offering fake loggias and a high arched central window and the porch built by Ambrogio da Como and has three arches and ribbed vaults supported by columns. This portal was built in the fifteenth century. This unique and superb portal is enriched by carvings in white marble and had the original function of protecting the paintings preserved by the side door Regnum.
        The construction of the front end in passing inside the church, we need to start talking about the shape of a Latin cross and its division into three naves, nestled between the columns and capitals in the Sicilian-Norman style. The transept has an elevation higher than the aisles, even though the original plan envisaged a height even higher. In the presbytery is very evident that the splendid mosaics worthy take on the role memory and represents the church and what stands out far more impressive, the Christ Pantocrator in the apse and present that has a hand in blessing and the other holding the Gospel open on a specific page containing the famous phrase that identifies Christ as the light of reference for his followers. Its representation is similar to that of other island churches, such as that of Monreale.
        Among other mosaics embedded in the presbytery of the church remember the Virgin praying in the middle of four archangels, and even figures of apostles, evangelists, prophets and saints. You can admire also the characters who speak of royalty and others who speak of the priesthood. All the biblical characters mentioned here reach even of inscriptions in greek and Latin indicating its name. Finally, in the cruise are depictions of four Cherubim and Seraphim four. The various mosaics, dating from traceable to a certificate as an epigraph here - were very well executed by Byzantine artists who knew how to combine this ancient oriental decorative tradition with a reference different logistical and clear reminder Nordic. Logically, the Basilica-Cathedral also has other representations of the visual arts with sacred themes, and that certainly deserve mention.
        These include the fresco of the fifteenth century dedicated to the Madonna and Child, a number of funerary monuments embedded in the classroom is currently being restored basilica, a Madonna and Child by Antonello Gagini built in memory, then, stucco neoclassical visible in the Chapel of SS. Sacramento, the only example of this decoration, which first covered the other parts of the church and who has been removed due to renovation works. However, the presence of these few remains of other decorative styles testify to the long life of the cathedral and how it was adapted to these changes in popular taste and style that occurred over the centuries.

        The smaller churches

        The beauty of Cefalu not include only what is seen so far, but other sacred monuments, perhaps less known than the Norman cathedral of which we spoke earlier, but certainly more deserving. On these Churches have various information that add historical significance to the city.

        Other churches in the city is dedicated to St. Oliva built in 1787 is closer to the creek. The Church is very simple and very humble for a prospectus containing a portal with a round arch, and which is accessed by climbing a step that preserves the inscription on the date of construction of the church. The interior is very simple, with a nave, to be remembered for the presence of two paintings, the first dedicated to S. Olive Virgin and martyr and the other dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.

        A more thorough deserves the Church dedicated to Mary SS. Chain dell'Addolorata or whose construction was completed in about ten years after it was built that was to house the College of Our women in need, but no activity was carried out for a long time and which incorporates those previously undertaken by Community of S. Our Lady of Sorrows, which was connected with the church dedicated to Santa Maria del Borgo. The Church has a well-known for eighteenth-century façade loggia supported by pillars and flanked by two niches containing two statues lithic. A third niche houses a statue dedicated to Our Lady. The outer part of the structure is completed by the bell tower that provides for the presence of two clocks installed at the end of event that involves some changes to the structure of the tower to allow, in fact, the installation of the gears of the clocks. Its interior has a very simple system with a single nave and transept and apse and without remembered for the presence of a statue dedicated to St. Espedito and a shrine dedicated to San Rocco, the Saint protect the city. The current Church of Purgatory occupies a space that previously housed in various buildings, including the need to remember the Chapel dedicated to St. Margaret and the Church of St. Stephen. The structure of this sacred environment is one of the few examples of the baroque city and offer an enriched by the presence of figures of souls in purgatory, frames and masks. Within this structure are preserved sacred and the Chapel of the Crucifix of S. Peter the Apostle, which in turn houses the statue dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.

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