Meet your driver at the established place. We will head north and leave the Ionian coast behind us to continue along the Tyrrhenian border, enjoying breathtaking views of the pinewood of the Colli San Rizzo, of the Strait of Messina and the Aeolian Islands. Our first stop will be the small Greek colony of Tindari, which Dionysus of Siracusa founded in 396 B.C. after a war against the Carthaginians.
You will have the possibility to visit the archaeological park with the ruins of the Acropolis and the Greek Theatre. An imposing sanctuary dedicated to a black Madonna (Santuario della “Madonna Nera”) is also located here, on top of a gentle hill of the Nebrodi mountains. It looks on to the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Oriented Natural Reserve of the Laghetti di Marinello, small natural lakes that emerged from the beach surface (legend has it that they are the product of a miracle).
Our tour continues along the coast toward the dreamlike town of Cefalù. The village is included in the list of “I borghi più belli d’Italia” (“The nicest villages of Italy”). The association gathers dozens of small Italian towns and villages that stand out for their historical, cultural and artistic importance, sharing specific features in terms of urban arrangement, quality of life and services.
Cefalù, occupying the foot of a rocky hill, is a major seaside destination in Sicily and, despite being a small town, attracts many visitors from Sicily, Italy and from abroad.
During summertime, the number of people staying in Cefalù is three times increases almost threefold, bringing new life to the village’s streets. Visit the famous Cattedrale della Trasfigurazione (included in the recently appointed UNESCO Arab-Norman itinerary encompassing Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale), built in Byzantine, Arab and Norman style and boasting incredible mosaics (entrance fees not included). Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing walk in the old town, and then reach the enchanting beachside promenade, numbered among the nicest beaches in Sicily.