Tindari or Marinello and Cefalù

Tindari or Marinello and Cefalù Tour: Breathtaking gems of the unexpected Sicily

Tindari or Marinello and Cefalù Tour

Visit the ancient village of Tindari, full of Greek remains and the incredible Cefalù, with its Arab-Norman art.

The first stop of the Tindari or Marinello and Cefalù Tour, programmed in advance, will be Tindari or the Marinello lakes.

The village of Tindari, perched on a rock high above the sea, is known worldwide for its Sanctuary of the Black Madonna. This village was founded by the Greeks of Syracuse at the beginning of the IV century b.C. It was a colony of mercenaries who helped the Hometown during the war against Carthage. Today it is a place of pilgrimage: millions of devotes come every to worship this statue of a Black Madonna founded in the close waters of Marinello. Additionally, it is the site of an ancient Greek temple, together with other remarkable remains. Above all, is incredible the view from the Sanctuary’ Square, above te Tyrrhenian Sea.

The Marinello Lake Nature Reserve provide a wonderful natural environment Located at the foot of the Tindari promontory, the Marinello Lake nature reserve is one of the most evocative natural environments of the area. The formation of the lagoon goes back 100 years ago but the reserve was created in 1998 by the province of Messina. The green area includes caves like the Grotta di Donna Villa where it’s possible to find marvellous stalactites and stalagmites. An ancient legend says that in this cave there used to live an enchantress called Donna Villa, who attracted sailors with her great songs and then devoured them.

The second stop of the Tindari or Marinello and Cefalù Tour will be Cefalù.

Moving on from Tindari we will get into the Province of Palermo to reach the small town of Cefalù. In this lovely fishing village we will soothe our senses. The centre is mostly famous for its marvellous Norman Cathedral, which has been inserted on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Arab-Norman Palermo and the Churches of Cefalù and Monreale. Not only art and churches, in Cefalù is quite satisfying to wander through the narrow streets lined by nice little boutiques.

Here in Cefalù we will have a break. At lunch time we’ll offer for free a rich tasting of Sicilian street food. Or, if you prefer, you will have one hour of spare time to enjoy lunch in the nearby.

When the visit will be over, you will get back on the minivan.

The return to Taormina is expected at approximately 7pm.

If you want our guide can drop you off in Cefalù and you can take this tour as a smart way to transfer to Cefalù


If your accommodation is not in Taormina, you can reach us using one of our comfortable transfer services.


Important Information

Recommended equipment

Comfortable shoes, cap, sun protection, water bottle, camera

Itinerary variation

The itinerary may undergo variations based on extraordinary events, strikes, bad weather, or other unpredictable and non-voluntary situations

Included in the price

Luxury air conditioned vehicle, Mercedes or similar.

Small group tour, maximum 8 people

Baby Seat (if needed)

Multilingual speaking driver – for the day at disposal

Free Snack with typical sicilian products, water and red wine from Mt. Etna

Not included in the price

Authorized tourist guide inside the historical monuments (available on payment and on request)

Entrance ticket to the monuments

Full Lunch

Everything not specified in the include list

Suitable for


Tindari, Marinello lakes, Cefalù

Cefalù is a city and comune in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70 kilometres (43 mi) east of the provincial capital and 185 kilometres (115 mi) west of Messina. The town, with its population of just under 14,000, is one of the major tourist attractions in the region. Despite its size, every year it attracts millions of tourists from all parts of Sicily and also, from all over Italy and Europe.

Tindari (Sicilian: Lu Tìnnaru), anciently Tyndaris or Tyndarion is a small town, former bishopric, frazione (suburb or municipal component) in the comune of Patti and Latin Catholic titular see, in the Metropolitan City of Messina in northeastern Sicily, between Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto and Cefalù. Tindari has a famous sanctuary and is also famous for the poem “Vento a Tindari”, written by Salvatore Quasimodo.Tyndaris was situated on a bold and lofty hill standing out as a promontory into the spacious bay of the Tyrrhenian Sea bounded by the Punta di Milazzo on the east, and the Capo Calavà on the west, and according to the Itineraries was 36 miles from Messana (modern Messina).

The Marinello Lakes nature reserve is a protected natural area located in the municipality of Patti, in the province of Messina. The reserve occupied over 400 hectares and was established in 1998 and represents an ecosystem of incredible scenic beauty. As the reserve is suitable for swimming, it is an incredible opportunity to discover a magnificent and uncrowded part of the Sicilian coast.

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