Cefalù from La Rocca (Sicily)
N 38° 02.242 E 014° 01.566
33S E 414536 N 4210408
Quick Description: The most beautiful vistas over medieval Silician town Cefalù and its surroundings offers top of the famous limestone cliff of "La Rocca / The Rock", located directly eastwards above the Cefalù Cathedral...
Location: Sicilia, Italy
Date Posted: 6/29/2009 6:24:28 AM
Waymark Code: WM6NZY
La Rocca is not only the beautiful and characteristic background of the town Cefalù, but it is also its part, which developed at the foot of the Rocca and took building materials out of the rock. The mother rock gave birth to the town and dominates Cefalù, bearing witness of its history, stratified in the rock. The connection between Cefalù and the Rocca supports the hypothesis that Kephaloidion, the ancient name of Cefalù comes from "Kefalis", head, connected with the shape of the Rocca.
The Rocca promontory, the perfect location for observing of Cefalù (on the west...) and its surroundings from "bird's perspective", rises 268 m above sea level. La Rocca is still the hawk kingdom, covered with the Mediterranean bush, partly destroyed by several fires.
To get the summit of La Rocca with ruins of ancient castle, you can take one of the characteristic alleys starting from Via Gibilmanna at southern Rocca's foothill, Salita Saraceni alley. At the end of the alley is the monumental entrance of La Rocca. Once you cross the entrance, climb the way embellished with the mediterranean vegetation, higher and higher - and you finally reach the castle ruins... It is really breath-taking to reach the summit of La Rocca, but the 360° vistas here will recompense you!