The majority of villas are still private, but some of them can be visited, like Villa Palagonia, which garden is embellished with 64 baroque figures (gnomes, giants, gargoyles…), or Villa Valguarnera, more sober, and Villa Butera, filled with grotesque wax statues.
Villa Cattolica hosts temporary art exhibitions and a modern and contemporary art gallery enriched with a collection of works donated by the son of the illustrious citizen Renato Guttuso, (Museo Guttuso).
- Piazza Garibaldi, 3
- Opening times from 1st November to 31st March:
- Every day: 09:00-13:00; 15:30-17:30
- Opening times from 1st April to 31st October:
- Every day: 09:00-13:00; 16:00-19:00
- For info:
- Tel.: 091 93 20 88
- Fax: 091 92 21 18
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: http://www.villapalagonia.it
- Via Rammacca, 9
- Winter opening time:
- from Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00-13.00; 14:30-19:00
- summer opening time:
- from Tuesday to Sunday: 09:30-14.00; 15:00-19:30
- Closed on Mondays, 25th December, 1st January and 15th August.
- For info:
- Tel.: 091 94 39 02
- Fax: 091 93 33 15
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Web: http://www.museoguttuso.it/www/italiano/home.php
Inside, the splendid mosaics stand out from the golden background decorating the presbytery, with the apse, the vault and the close walls. You’ d better visit it in the early morning, as it is always packed with tourists. The rest of the town is very beautiful, and if you come during the low season you might stay a couple of days or more, and visit the Rock, a cliff towering the city, with the Temple of Diana and some medieval ruins on top. The temple is a megalithic building readjusted in the V century b.C. The view is certainly worth the strenuous and steep ascent which leads to the top.
A few kilometres east of Cefalù, on the shoreline leg between Castel di Tusa and Santo Stefano di Camastra toward the inland, lies an archaeological site of unique genre: the sculpture park of Fiumara d’Arte: 8 majestic contemporary art works made by internationally acclaimed artists, and donated to the community in 1986 by the Sicilian founder of the project.
- Piazza Duomo
- Summer opening hours:
- every day: 08:00-12:00; 15:30-20:00
- Winter opening hours:
- Every day: 08:00-12:00; 15:30-19:00
- Castel di Tusa, Santo Stefano di Camastra, Valle dei Nebrodi
- Web: http://www.ateliersulmare.it/applicazione/index_asm.asp?lang=it
Raised on the ruins of the Greek acropolis and on pre existing Arab foundations, the Castle was enlarged by Charles V and restored by the Spanish in the 17th century. Inside there is the Ancient Dome, a central Norman mastio, the ancient room of the Parliament and the ruins of Palazzo Giurati. The New Dome lies in the lower modern city, with some fine renaissance paintings.
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