When you spend a few days in Italy- especially when on holiday – you tend to want to eat everything in sight. Obviously. Italy is known for is gastronomy and even the simple food is absolutely delicious. Like, ham and melon? I love it in Italy!
So when I went to Sicily with my boyfriend a few weeks ago, we decided to try out the best pizza place in Palermo (Frida Pizzeria– go right now!), the best antipasti, the best gelato, the best wine… meaning we kind-of developed the best pot bellies within a few days. That’s why when we were looking for things to do in Cefalu, about an hour’s drive from Palermo, La Rocca really stood out.
Standing 270m high and housing the remains of Cefalu castle and The Temple of Diana, La Rocca is, according to Greek mythology, the remains of Sicily’s Orpheus, handsome shepherd Daphnis. He was blinded by goddess Hera after betraying her daughter and then turned in La Rocca by god Hermes. Nowadays, it’s simply a great place to hike whilst getting a bit of culture and history, not to mention a tan!
We arrived at around 11.30am, changed in the car under a towel, not to mention the watchful eye of an elderly Sicilian lady hanging out the laundry on her balcony, and set off. The weather gets pretty hot at this time of day, so I’d recommend going a little earlier or later than midday. However, it wasn’t unbearable for us.
The walk is not too steep with various things to see and information boards explaining what you are looking at. However, even if you aren’t a raging historian or archeologist, the views from almost every point of La Rocca out over the coast and the town are absolutely spectacular. Many of the best photos from our trip were taken from up there.
It was great to get out and get some exercise in, get a bit of a tan and explore the local area. It’s also a nice quick drive/walk down to the promenade where we enjoyed a well-earned cold drink, salad and yes… more pizza.
A really enjoyable day. I’m looking out for similar activities for every holiday I take now.
If you know of somewhere, please let me in the comments below or over on Twitter where I’m always pondering things.
Do you hike? Where do you go?