Cefalù is notable for beautiful sunsets, unpretentious charm, and a very appealing blend of ingredients for an Italian seaside holiday. Sandy beaches, a picturesque historic town on a rocky headland, some high culture in the shape of a fine Norman cathedral, decent transport links, Sicilian food and sunshine all add up to make the town one of Italy’s most attractive sea destinations. Unlike the developed fishing villages which dot Italy’s coast, Cefalù has some grandeur in its past – it was important enough that one of Sicily’s Norman rulers, Roger II, would build a glorious cathedral here. While its later history was less distinguished, there are some substantial and elegant buildings in the town, as well as reminders of Sicily’s varied influences, not just Norman and Byzantine, but also Arab, Spanish and finally Italian. Cefalù as well as for the beauty of the coast and the clarity of the sea is a treasure chest of Sicilian cuisine whose most celebrated dish is the “pasta a taianu”, a pasta in the pan, seasoned with meat, fried aubergines, pine nuts, raisins and pecorino cheese layered in a large earthenware pot. Food is culture and tasting it is a way to visit and learn about the history of Cefalù.