Cefalù, an evocative name. Great city by the never ending story. Pearl of the Tyrrhenian sea, illuminated by the unmistakable Sicilian sun and lapped by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea shining.
Inserted in the exclusive club of The most beautiful villages in Italy, the town is the ideal setting for tourists from all over the world, which are struck by the beauty of the old town and the fullness of the landscape.
Cefalù is not just a place, a territory, an environment, but it is above all the most fascinating demonstration of the passage millennial stories, people and cultures.
Summer in Cefalù is rich with cultural events.
The most important celebrations take place August 2 to 6, in honor of the Holy Savior.
The devotion of the Norman city to the Most Holy Savior started with the construction of the Cathedral by the Norman King Roger II who designed and celebrated the Savior in the magnificent mosaic of Christ Pantocrator.
Among the many traditional events and entertainment highlights is the “‘ntinna a mari”
This event, popular among the fishermen, is a race that in its simplicity captures the essence of the bonded sea-man. The race encourages young and old fishermen to run on a long slippery trunk over the sea to grab the colored flag attached to the tip.
Who can take the flag almost always points out the victory with the cry “Long live the Holy Savior,” to which all the audience present makes the chorus (response.) There is not definite information on the historical origins of the race. The first discussion of the topic goes back to 1783. The best hypothesis was that the race was born from the will of the commanders of ancient sailing ships. They created the event for the vigilant and active sailors, to occur during periods of total calm, on the bow of the boat.
According to tradition, may participate in only the sons of fishermen.