Rocca di Cefalu

Rocca di Cefalu

Rocca di Cefalu
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA10,905 contributions
Great Views and a Good Workout
Jun 2021
Start early to avoid the heat and crowds. Also carry water because there are no refreshment stands or water fountains on the hill.

We had some difficulty finding the ticket office because we followed the sign pointing up the steps from Piazza Garibaldi and the way was not marked.

The path inside the park is a combination of stone stairs, stone walkways, and gravel, so wear shoes with good support. The steepest parts do have handrails.

“The Rock” has been inhabited since the 16th- 15th Centuries, BC! And every culture that has had a presence in Sicily has enhanced or altered its structures, but it has always been a stronghold. On the way up you will pass several structures that were part of the Medieval Defense Plan, and they were built on much older structures.

“The Rock” is 270 meters – about 885 feet – high. Piazza Garibaldi is about 50 feet above sea level, so you are in for a workout, but the views are worth it.
Written 16 August 2021
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Orlando M
Lausanne, Switzerland116 contributions
Forget la Rocca
Jun 2021 • Family
We tried to get there for the third time since 2019. Either it’s closed - the opening hours on the website is foolish - and this time, we had a 20 euros banknote for the 4 of us. And the cash-machine was accepting only 5 and 10 euros notes… We‘ll never be able to do it but no problem, there are other nice hills above the sea
Written 25 July 2021
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Richard H
Alghero, Italy17 contributions
Disappointed. In the few minutes I was there several others came and went.
Oct 2020
Note that the only path up the Rocca di Cefalu is closed (temporalily
Thus the whole Parco di Rocca (including Temple of Diana and The Castle) is closed. The notice says "closed for urgent works until works are complteted" with no indication of when that will be. I saw a couple ignore the signs and set off through the barrier but they returned a few minutes later.
Written 12 October 2020
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Itinerantur17
United Kingdom759 contributions
Disappointed
Oct 2020
Closed. Huge hike up from the town - hot even though it was October, only to find it closed for maintenance. Later in week signs went up but far too late - we were not the only ones!
Written 12 October 2020
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Jackie C
Peterborough, UK454 contributions
Highlight of Cefalù
Feb 2020
Wish we had visited this place earlier in the day. It definitely needs 3-4 hours to walk around and explore. It is quite a hike to the top where there is the remains of a castle. Well worth walking to the top just for the views. This park has so much history attached to it
If you do decide to visit just remember to allow enough time to do this place justice. There is a small admission fee
Written 3 April 2020
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Sally62
Northampton, UK4,576 contributions
Amazing view over Cefalu - worth the climb!
Sep 2019
La Rocca dominates the city and it's definitely worth taking the time to climb it. You pay 4 euros entrance fee (reduced for students and OAPs) - when we went it was cash only. They give you a number which you have to hand in when you come down to ensure no-one gets left up there when the site closes.
The climb is steep and it starts off with well paved steps but further up it turns into a rocky path so make sure you wear sensible shoes. It's also very exposed and was hot even in September so make sure you take plenty to drink and wear a hat - there are no cafe or toilet facilities at the site.
However it is well worth the effort as the views over the town are incredible. We went halfway to the Temple of Diana and viewpoint over the town - you can carry on further to the ruins of the castle which is C12-13th.
There were people of all ages climbing up from families with young children and babies in carriers through to more elderly people but if you have limited mobility, it may not be for you.
Written 28 February 2020
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Christine Venizelou
Athens, Greece187 contributions
Best panoramic view in Cefalù!
May 2019 • Friends
One obvious thing to do in Cefalù is to climb La Rocca di Cefalù.

There are opening hours. It seems that you can’t go there wherever you want.
There is an entrance fee that must be paid precisely and in cash – with no change back. Card payment should be available but not on our visit.

The highest point of the mountain itself should be around 268 meters from sea level according to wiki. But the actual climb would be around 200 meters from the start of the trail. The streets of the city leading to start are already ascending.

Hike to the castle (at the very top) took us around 45 minutes. At the start, there are mostly stairs, but it soon changes to a winding and gravely footpath which zig-zag’s to the top of the mountain. It’s a moderate climb. No special trekking gear is needed, but comfortable shoes would be a plus.
Written 27 February 2020
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Esther H
Sicily, Italy18 contributions
Entrance is next to la pietra preziosa
Nov 2019
To find your way to the stand to pay for entrance - go to la protea preizosa in city center and take the stairs up to its left! (Attached a picture)

Definitely wear good hiking shoes- it’s nicely paved 1/3ish of the way up and then it’s dirt / rocks

The view was beautiful! Would recommend to everyone - it’s 2 euros for students and 4 for others
Written 23 November 2019
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RAD10977
Spring Valley, NY243 contributions
Hike
Oct 2019
A great hike in which the trail begins right in the center of town. Stairs at first , fantastic views overlooking the sea, coast and towns. A more challenging continuation up to the ruins at the top. There is an easier way down. Look for the “ uscita” sign and follow the arrow. Wear sunscreen and shoes with some grip.
Written 29 October 2019
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Super Gulia
Bucharest, Romania35 contributions
Amazing view from the top!
Oct 2019 • Friends
Great views come with a cost, and I'm not talking about the entrance fee (which you can pay cash or by card), but about the hike to the top - quite a workout! Be sure to wear hiking boots or at least some sport's wear. Take water with you cuz there are no shops up there.
Written 24 October 2019
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