Answers to frequently asked questions

How to reach us

Cefalù’s majestic Cathedral is situated in the heart of the city’s historic centre in the aptly named Piazza Duomo.

Parts of the historic centre of Cefalù have restricted areas for traffic. So, you can either reach us on foot by walking along the Corso Ruggiero, or by taxi.

Before entering the historic centre of Cefalù, you’ll need to park your car in one of the numerous private parking areas or parking spaces on the street that are defined by blue lines – these are for paid parking.


In order to access the Cathedral, please ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothing. It is mandatory to have your shoulders covered and you should avoid wearing shorts or skirts that are too short. If necessary, you can buy a disposable scarf at our Bookshop before starting your visit..

No. There are multi-lingual explanatory panels throughout the building which will provide you with all the necessary information.

To give you an idea, the duration of the tours / itineraries is around 1 hour and 30 minutes for the complete tour, 45 minutes for the Green Itinerary and 30 minutes for the Blue Itinerary. However, these are just indicative and will depend on how many stops you might make along the way.

Yes, there are guide books in other languages for sale in our Bookshop for each of the different Itineraries. In addition to this, by purchasing an entry ticket for one of the Itineraries, a route-map will be provided free of charge. The Bookshop is also well stocked with books in other languages but these are subject to availability.

  • May, daily, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • June, July, August, September and October, daily, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

Please remember that you should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time for each Itinerary.

Yes, but there is no access to the Sacristy or viewing of the Mosaics on those itineraries that include these options.

No. Throughout the building, there are multi-lingual explanatory panels which will provide you with all the necessary information.

The last admission is generally permitted up to 30 minutes prior to closing time.

Nuns and priests are exempt from paying for tickets to access the tour itineraries.

That depends on you and how serious your condition is. If you suffer badly from either of these conditions, then we would recommend that you do not visit the Towers.

Each Tower has about 80 steps which are not of a uniform depth and height so this is why we recommend that you ensure you’re wearing comfortable shoes. The planned route is one way with entrance via the North Tower where you will climb up and then you will descend via the South Tower.

The visit is not recommended for people who suffer from any cardiac problems or who suffer from breathlessness.

The Duomo | The Cathedral

The Italian word Duomo comes from the Latin ‘domus’ which means “home” and is generally a city’s most important church. A Cathedral, on the other hand, is generally the principal church of a particular diocese and is called a cathedral because that is the central point of the “episcopal see,” which is effectively the bishop’s ecclesiastical jurisdiction. In Cefalù, the Duomo is also referred to as the Cathedral because this is the seat, or “cathedra” of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Monsignor Giuseppe Marciante, Bishop of the Diocese of Cefalù.

In order to access the interior of the Cathedral, you are requested to wear appropriate clothing. It is mandatory to have your shoulders covered and not to wear shorts or skirts that are too short.

No, entry to the Cathedral is free.

The Cathedral has the following opening hours 8.30am-1pm/3pm-7pm. Times are subject to change.

The Osterio Magno

Every day from 10am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm (in April), from 3pm to 7pm from May until the end of the summer season. Last admission is 30 min before closing time. The Osterio Magno is about 10 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral. If you are not able to make the visit in time, it can be done in the afternoon or the following day, provided you keep your ticket.

Tickets for the Cathedral Tours include a visit to the Osterio Magno. However, it is possible to purchase a ticket to visit only the Osterio Magno at a cost of € 2,00 per person.

The entrance to the Osterio Magno is located in Via G. Amendola. The building is at the corner of Corso Ruggero.

The Osterio Magno is not accessible to the physically disabled. Visits to the building are on several floors connected only by stairs.