Cefalù is the most vibrant of our destinations; a small town known for its picturesque historic centre with direct access to a wonderful beach. Sicily’s climate in autumn is normally still mild enough to allow swimming in the sea.

Cefalù is situated only 65 km east of Palermo, and together the two towns boast numerous noteworthy ancient monuments. Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Church of Cefalù together form a series of religious and community buildings dating from the era of the Norman kingdom of Sicily. Collectively, they are an outstanding example of a socio-cultural union between Western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures and, as such, are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mountains of the Cefalù hinterland and the Parco delle Madonie natural reserve are ideal for both restful recreation and animated activities.

Coming next in Cefalù:

Symphony Orchestra
1st - 10th October 2021

Sinfonietta Cefalù
1st - 10th October 2021

Conductor: Cayenna Ponchione
Violin: Rodrigo Bauzá

FAHIM, Dreams of Peace
PIAZZOLLA: Estaciones Porteñas for solo violin
(arrangement including winds)

ALREADY OCCUPIED: flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, cellos
You can sign up for the waiting list if your instrument is already taken.

Cayenna Ponchione on the repertoire
In the following video our conductor Cayenna talks about the repertoire she chose for this Symphonic Holiday


1st OCTOBER 2021
Arrival of the participants in Cefalù and welcome dinner

rehearsals (sectionals and tutti) will be in the morning until lunch and in the evening after an early dinner. Instruction by the coaches will be given on the first three days.

In the afternoons you can explore Cefalù, relax on the beach or make short sightseeing trips to near places.

5th and 7th OCTOBER 2021
No rehearsals are scheduled in the evening. On these days we organize an excursion, that might include: An outing to Palermo; a day out at the seaside or a hiking tour through the wonderful Natural Reserve Parco delle Madonie with its great variety of flora and fauna and stunning scenery.

9th OCTOBER 2021
In the evening we will have our final concert.

10th OCTOBER 2021

Conductor: Cayenna Ponchione
Soloist and violin coach: Rodrigo Bauzá
Coach viola: Vincenzo Schembri (to be confirmed)
Coach cello: Constance Ricard
Wind sectionals with Cayenna Ponchione.

Please do also read our general information with frequently asked questions on Symphonic Holidays.

The participants will be accommodated in various apartments in the historic centre of Cefalù. Single or double rooms

We will take our meals (lunch and dinner) together at the seafront restaurant "Al Gabbiano" and at "Bastione & Costanza". For the welcome dinner we will be at the restaurant "Al Porticciolo".

The nearest airport is Palermo, but you can consider also the airport of Catania for your travel. Train services from Palermo to Cefalù (approx. 1 h). Direct bus services from Catania airport to Palermo train station (approx. 2,5 h). We try to organize direct shuttle service from the airport of Palermo to Cefalù if there is a sufficient number of requests at the same time. We are happy to help you with organizing your trip!

What is the cancellation policy? Generally bookings are binding, but during the exceptional times of this pandemic, we all need more flexibility. Read more...

930,- € including
- accommodation
- lunch and dinner, except dinners on the two excursions on 5th and 7th October
- bus transfers on the two excursions on 5th and 7th October

Students: 610,- €. The reduced fee for students is limited to the number of five places on this Symphonic Holiday.

Supplement for single room: 225,- €

If you wish to book this Symphonic Holiday, kindly use the booking form or send us an e.mail (mail@dacapo-travel.eu, writing in English, German, French or Italian). Your booking is binding as soon as we have confirmed it.

A non-refundable deposit of 150,- € is payable on confirmation that a booking has been accepted. The balance of the price is to be paid by 1st August 2021. Should a participant cancel a booking the deposit of 150,- € will not be reimbursed.

Update February 2021
Due to the number of bookings that came in so far, we are happy to confirm that this Symphonic Holiday will run. So you can immediately make your travel arrangements.

“I liked the way you managed the orchestra to become part of the town instead of being a group of regular tourists.”
Rosaline (clarinet), Amsterdam / Netherlands

“One of the best weeks of my life ever.”
Gillian (violin), London / UK

“Es war einfach rundum schön, erholsam, inspirierend in einem herrlichen Ambiente.”
Gertrud (cello), Herrenberg / Germany

Thanks for a fantastic symphonic holiday. I loved every minute and can't wait to come back next year!
Kate (bassoon), Ilfracombe / UK

Who is coming?
Gillian, an amateur violinist from London, shares her experience of being on a Symphonic Holiday in Cefalù / Sicily. Read more ...