This Italian island with a violent history is a peaceful foodie paradise

Sep 26, 2021 212

BY: Jo Bucci

WANDERING through winding alleys dotted with shops and cafes we reach the mighty cathedral standing proud over the city. We re-emerge into the Sicilian sunlight and sparkling in the distance is the Mediterranean sea lapping on a small stretch of sandy beach.

We are in Cefalù, a lively resort on the northern edge of the island, and have ventured here from our secluded holiday home, Villa Frisca, in Campofelice di Roccella, to explore its grand stone buildings and buzzing restaurants. The sun may be shining outside but it’s the astonishing interior that’s blinding us – bright, shimmering gold mosaics, made with exquisite craftsmanship in the 12th century.

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