Getting around Cefalù on foot is easy -- no cars are allowed in the historic core. The city's main street is Corso Ruggero, which starts at Piazza Garibaldi, site of one of a quartet of "gateways" to Cefalù. This is a pedestrian street that you can stroll at leisure, checking out the shops and viewing the facades of its palazzi, even though these are hardly comparable to those found in Palermo's medieval core.

The Romans designed a main street to bisect the village on a north-south axis. Basically that same plan is carried out today. The medieval sector is found to the west, where the poor folks once lived. Noblemen and their families and the rich clergy settled in the more posh eastern sector.

Across from the tourist office lies Osteria Magno, at the corner of Via Amendola and Corso Ruggero. Constructed in the 1300s but massively altered over the years, this was the legendary residence of Roger II. The palace remains closed but serves occasionally as a venue for temporary art exhibitions.


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