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Andando, mi trovai così al preludio, all’epifania, alla porta magnifica e splendente che lasciava immaginare ogni Palermo o Cordova, Granata, Bisanzio o Bagdad. Mi trovai a Cefalù. … era, nei limpidi tramonti d’aprile o di settembre, la sagoma dorata del capo, la Rocca sopra il mare.

Vincenzo Consolo


On the edge of the town, sun-drenched Via dei Mulini winds its way up among olive trees and orange groves that skirt the stream and the small canal that, for centuries, have fed the water mills that follow one another along the ridge. Today, three of these mills lie within the hotel's gardens. Cool Mediterranean gardens, in the centre of the Gulf of Cefalu: to the west the Santa Lucia promontory, crystal-clear water and cliffs reddened by sunsets; to the east the "Rocca", the symbol of the town, which rises above the 12th century Norman Cathedral. In spring you might feel dazed by the fragrance of the jasmine and the pittosporum and by the melodies coming from the gurgle of the stream, from the foliage of the poplar trees and from the birds that populate the garden. From this enchanting spot you can see the palm trees and centuries old carob trees growing in front of the Norman Cathedral, which is silhouetted against the intense azure of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The buildings, the colour and material of Sicilian landscapes, with their vernacular architecture and simple elements, remind you of the predominant styles of the island's history.

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