Cefalù, Tindari and Santo Stefano
This is a fantastic full day excursion offering the history of Tindari, the sumptuous ceramics of Santo Stefano and the prettiness of Cefalu, so much so that scenes from the classic film by Giuseppe Tornatore “Cinema Paradiso” were filmed here.
Tindari was one of Sicily’s last Greek Colonies and is home to the legend of the black Madonna. The sculpture of the Virgin and Child in citron wood is said to have reached Tindari in the 8th Century and is still worshipped today.
You will be collected from your preferred location; we will drive along the very scenic Northern coastal road of Sicily. You will notice what seems to be a large church perched precariously high on a rock; this is the Sanctuary and our first stop.
After visiting the sanctuary you will have the opportunity to wander around the Greek ruins and admire the majestic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and
the Oliveri-Tindari lagoon, a small strait of water of exceptional beauty that today is a nature reserve with an ancient myth of its own.
Next on to Cefalu, this pretty coastal town is full of winding Medieval streets and home to a unique Norman cathedral.
We will visit the cathedral where you will have the opportunity to walk up to The Rocca with an altitude of 270m, these spectacular remains of the Cefalu Castle are worth the climb. We head back along the coastline and stop at Santo Stefano di Camastra; this colourful town is home to the traditional art of ceramics, wander the streets and admire the many crafts shops showing off their unique style and talent.
Please note: This is a private excursion with a dedicated driver and vehicle, entrance fees to archaeological sites ARE NOT included in the cost. All of our excursions and tours have been organised for pick up within a 10km radius of Taormina and Giardini Naxos. We would be more than happy to quote for pick up outside this area. On receiving your booking we will contact you to arrange pick up location, time and address or any special requirements you may have.