Bagheria: Villas right by the sea
The sunrise over the Gulf of Termini Imerese,
the sunset over the Gulf of Palermo,
and the steady, refreshing sea breeze.
These were the reasons why wealthy aristocrats of 17th and 18th century Palermo built their magnificent summer villas in Bagheria. In those days the villas had large Mediterranean gardens attached, full of citrus trees and flowers.
The film "The Leopard" gives a taste of life in a historic Sicilian villa. Nowadays, two of the villas of Bagheria are open to the public as museums and one is used for luxurious weddings.
More interesting for many people, though, are the more modern villas and mansions built overlooking the sea. Their balconies and roof terraces offer breathtaking panoramas of the Gulf of Palermo, but many of them have their own private beaches as well. Some of these highly sought-after villas are available as holiday lettings.
Impressions of Bagheria
Staying in Bagheria
Private apartments offer those enjoying their holidays in Sicily the greatest amount of freedom. Bagheria offers holiday apartments right on the sea in the Mongerbino district:
- Apartments on the waterfront (Purple 2)
- Private bay
- Surrounded by lush Mediterranean greenery
Things to see
Bagheria is well known for its baroque villas. But there is much more to see.
Find out more on the Things to See in Bagheria page.
Anyone can visit Bagheria without knowing a word of Italian. But wouldn't it be nice to speak a bit of the most beautiful language in the world? You can! In Bagheria there's a language school right next to the sea.
More information can be found on our page: Learn Italian in Bagheria.
How to get to Bagheria
So Bagheria has finally tempted you? Then only one question remains: how to get there? Bagheria's proximity to Palermo makes getting there by Trenitalia or by car very easy.
Find out more on our page: How to get there.
When you are here
Map I - Overview:
Map II - City centre:
- Mongerbino - District of Bagheria with a wide selection of seafront villas.
- From the motorway exit Bagheria to Mongerbino.
- From Mongerbino to the landmark mountain in Bagheria - Monte Catalfano.
- Tour through the historical centre of Bagheria.
- The pedestrian area Corso Umberto I.
- Mer et Soleil - Mongerbino - small holiday village
- Villaggio Santino - Mongerbino - Holiday lettings and head office of the language school Solemar Sicilia
- Villa Marie - Mongerbino - Holiday house right on the water
- Bagheria Railway Station
- Parking area at Monte Catalfano - Bagheria's recreation area.
- Boardwalk in the Aspra district.
- Town hall and church of the village Aspra.
- Villa Sant'Isidoro offers a behind-the-scenes look at "The Leopard".
- Villa Ramacca is a popular venue today for family celebrations.
- Villa Cattolica - Permanent exhibition of works by 20th century Bagheria artist Renato Guttuso and contemporaries.
- Palazzo Aragona-Cutò - Owned by the City of Bagheria - seat of the local lending library.
- The Villa San Cataldo Garden is one of the few surviving examples of Sicilian Baroque.
- Museum Bagheria - Museum of Contemporary Art. The collection includes work by famous Bagheria photographer Ferdinando Scianna.
- Villa Galletti Inguaggiato - Private property.
- Villa Favazzi
- Palazzo Larderia - Property of the "Sisters of Maria Vergine Assunta".
- Piazza and Chiesa San Sepolcro.
- Piazza and Chiesa Madrice.
- The Palazzo Villarosa today does conferences, receptions, and weddings.
- Palazzo Butera - Owned by the City of Bagheria and seat of the town council.
- Villa Trabia - Private property.
- Villa Cirincione - Private property.
- Villa Valguarnera - Private property - featured in the novel "Bagheria" by Dacia Maraini.
- Villa Palagonia - Open to the public and the most famous villa of Bagheria because of its "monster" sculptures.
- Arco del Padre Eterno.
- Pizzeria in the district of Mongerbino - very large terrace with panoramic sea views.
- Pizzeria in the village of Aspra.
- Bar del Lungomare in the village of Aspra - Large outdoor area with sea views.
- Ice cream parlor in the village of Aspra.
- Supermarket in the village of Aspra.
- Wine sold on tap in the village Aspra.
- Bar - This bar is said to serve the best ice-cream in Bagheria.
- Matahari Restaurant - Blend of Irish Pub, Bavarian pub and pizzeria.
- Il Barone di Münchhausen - restaurant with roof terrace popular with younger diners.
- Bar Ester - Traditional bar with classic Sicilian street foods
- Don Ciccio - traditional restaurant - member of the Slow Food association.
- Bitta - Themed pub.
- Sicilian ceramics from Mirella Pipia.
- Bar Ester - Modern bar with classic Sicilian street foods.
- International kindergarten Lirum Larum.
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