Tucked under an enormous rock outcrop on the North coast of Sicily, the small town of Cefalu is dominated by its impressive Norman cathedral.
The old town has a wonderful, busy character and it’s maze of streets and alleys are fun to explore.
The town wraps around some attractive, sheltered beaches and has a fleet of small wooden fishing boats providing fresh fish for the local restaurants.
We managed to find some great painting locations tucked into out-of-the-way alleys.
Up until 20 years ago, these old Roman wash tubs were still in use. An endless supply of clean, spring water flushes through them and out to sea. The luxury of electricity and white goods has relegated them to a tourist attraction.
Electric wiring in Cefalu is an incredibly confusing tangle of cables, strung haphazardly from building to building.
Little wonder the locals puzzle over electricity bills.
In the centre of town, the huge Norman cathedral is an impressive structure. Interior decoration is fairly schizophrenic, having chopped and changed over the centuries according to religious preference, politics and fashion
Young people in Cefalu have the same crazy desire to push a vesper to the edge of suicidal self destruction as is found in most of Italy.
Parking under religious icons guarantees safety here too!
Our Hotel was perched above the bay on the opposite side of the rock to the town. This path led down to a terrace, swimming pool and small beach. It made a comfortable, shady spot to paint some old buildings and garden walls attached to the hotel.
We found this poor fellow sound asleep on a bench at a small beach resort out of Palermo. He was a bit confused when he woke up and found 20 people spread around him with easels and paint boxes.
Mondello waterfront – Sicily
…beautiful John, just makes me want to get on a plane and go back to Italy…:)
Oh my gosh I am loving this blog – I am on a trip to Italy with you all. Tell me, will any of the paintings your group completes of Italy be available for purchase? I would love to have one – if I can afford it – as a reminder of my trip there. All the ones I have seen posted here so far are beautiful – really captured the color and the quality of light I associate only with Italy.
Some of the students will read your comments here on the blog and will probably contact you if they are interested in selling their work.