Santa Flavia: A small Town with a Large Harbour

Santa Flavia - View of the harbour Porticello

Santa Flavia has always had a special relationship with the sea. It all began with the ancient Phoenicians, who founded a trading settlement which grew into the ancient city of Solunto.

Nowadays Santa Flavia is a middle-class suburb of Palermo. Its residents are commuters who work in Palermo and workers in one of Sicily's largest fishing ports nearby.

This closeness to the sea and the city are what makes Santa Flavia one of Sicily's most appealing tourist destinations. It is perfect for those who want to combine a beach holiday with more – and this "more" is not just Palermo, but also includes the vast Madonie nature reserve just up the road and the spectacular salt marshes of Trapani.


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Impressions of Santa Flavia

The following pictures give you an impression of the holiday destination Santa Flavia and its satellite seaside villages Porticello and Sant'Elia. The captions tell you where the photo was taken. The colours and numbers refer to the markers on the street map below.

The beach of the village of Sant'Elia  •  Yellow 3

Corso Filangeri, Santa Flavia  •  Red 5

A surfer at Porticello  •  Red 15

Part of Villa Filangeri, Santa Flavia  •  Brown 2

The sea close to the harbour  •  Brown 6

Street Art near the necropolis  •  Brown 3

The harbour in Porticello  •  Brown 6

Open-air cinema  •  Brown 5

An imposing bow in the harbour  •  Brown 6

Corso Filangeri at night  •  Red 8

Staying in Santa Flavia

Holidays in Sicily are even better with the freedom to come and go as you please. Holiday apartments offer that kind of freedom. In Santa Flavia some neat and modern apartments are available in a central location close to the train station. These are our favorites:

Holiday lettings - Casa Maria

Casa Maria

  • Quiet old town location (Purple 1)
  • Perfect for budget-conscious holidays in Sicily
  • 8 separate apartments
Holiday lettings - Casa Chloé

Casa Chloé

  • Lively Old Town location
  • 2 separate apartments (1 with large roof terrace)
  • Heating system ideal for winter holidays in Sicily
Holiday lettings - Casa Enza

Casa Enza

  • Small penthouse (Purple 6)
  • 130 roof terrace with panoramic view
  • Heating system ideal for winter holidays in Sicily
Holiday lettings - Casa Panorama

Casa Panorama

  • Small penthouse ( Purple 4)
  • Roof terrace with stunning panoramic view
  • Heating system ideal for winter holidays in Sicily

Going swimming

The beaches of Santa Flavia

Santa Flavia is the perfect jumping off point for exploring Sicily. The sea is obviously a major attraction, especially in summer – and Santa Flavia has this covered. As the yellow markers on the map show, there are no fewer than six beaches.

Find out more on the Santa Flavia – Beaches page.

Plenty to see...

Santa Flavia - Things to see

Santa Flavia isn't just a great jumping off point for exploring Sicily – there's plenty to see right here in town as well. In fact, this city and its surroundings are an excellent reflection of the rest of the island. There's a lot to discover.

Find out more on Things to see in Santa Flavia.

... and how to see it

Walking around

Walking around

Want to slow things down a bit? Looking for a way to relax and still see the sights during your holidays in Sicily? Exploring Santa Flavia on foot is just the thing.

Find out more on the Walking around page.

Going by bike

Going by bike

The area around Santa Flavia is a perfect microcosm of Sicily as a whole. It has the mountains, the sea, lots of nature and glimpses of antiquity. But sometimes you can't get everywhere you want to go on foot. We recommend bike tours.

Going by train with Trenitalia

Going by train with Trenitalia

In the mood for the big city? No problem - Palermo is a stone's throw away. Trenitalia will take you to the city center of Sicily's capital in around 20 minutes.

The Going by train with Trenitalia page will tell you more.

Going by car

Going by car

So you'd like to stare into the deep abyss at Mount Etna? An adventure like this one requires a car.

The Going by car page will tell you more.


Santa Flavia - Shopping

As in many Sicilian towns where visitors are taking their holidays, the essentials of daily living are all a block away. As a "suburb" of Palermo, Santa Flavia has much more to offer than a supermarket.

Check out our page on Shopping to find out more.

Learn about Local products that you'll never forget and help support local producers.

Eat and drink

Santa Flavia - Eat and drink

There's no shortage of options in this village with three pizzerias and five cafes. And at Porticello, the Port of Santa Flavia, there are also some nationally-renowned seafood restaurants.

Learn more on the page called Eat and drink.

Learn Italian

Solemar Sicilia - Language school in Santa Flavia

Anyone can visit Santa Flavia without speaking a word of Italian. But wouldn't it be nice to learn a bit of the most beautiful language in the world while enjoying your holidays in Sicily?

For more information click here to visit our Learn Italian page.

How to get there

Santa Flavia - How to get there

Santa Flavia has you convinced? Then the only thing left is to figure out how to get there. Because it is close to Palermo, making the journey by car or by train with Trenitalia is an easy thing to do.

See details on How to get there.

Once you are there

Santa Flavia - Street Map
  • From the Bagheria motorway exit to the holiday lettings in Santa Flavia.
  • From the apartments in Santa Flavia to the Bagheria motorway access.
  • Discover Santa Flavia.
  • Walk to the excavated ancient city of Solunto.
  • Walk to the city centre of Bagheria.
  • Roads leading to the beaches of Santa Flavia.
  1. Casa Maria  -  8 holiday apartments
  2. Casa Grazia  -  holiday apartment
  3. Casa Federica  -  holiday apartment (small penthouse)
  4. Casa Panorama  -  holiday apartment (small penthouse with stunning panorama)
  5. Casa Chloé  -  2 holiday apartments (1 with large roof terrace)
  6. Casa Enza  -  holiday apartment (small penthouse with huge terrace)
  7. Bed & Breakfast   Santa Flavia
  1. Santa Flavia Railway Station - the official name is "S. Flavia-Solunto-Porticello".
  2. Tabaccheria - you can buy Trenitalia railway tickets here.
  3. dito
  1. The garden of Villa Filangeri is one of the most beautiful and restful places in Santa Flavia.
  2. Villa Filangeri The aristocratic Filangeri family founded Santa Flavia in the mid 17th century. Their villa is now the seat of the local council offices.
  3. Basilica Soluntina di Sant'Anna The central church of Santa Flavia, founded by the Filangeri family.
  4. Santa Flavia's marionette theatre is part of the UNESCO cultural heritage.
  5. The old orphanage in the middle of Santa Flavia is waiting to be put to use.
  6. Padre Pio is a major figure of folk belief in southern Italy.
  7. Necropolis of Solunto.
  8. Francesco Paolo Perez was a Sicilian revolutionary, politician, and writer.
  9. The Fountain of Neptune is a standard stop during holidays in Sicily.
  10. Villa Basile was built by the famous Palermo family of architects, the Basile.
  11. Santa Flavia has one of the few open-air cinemas in Sicily.
  12. Porticello is the port of Santa Flavia and offers a variety of seafood restaurants.
  13. Chiesa di Maria Santissima del Lume. The central church of Porticello.
  14. Borgo di Santa Nicolicchia. This was the location of Sicily's first soap opera. An old castle here hosts themed events offering Sicilian Cuisine.
  1. Solunto is the only ancient settlement in Sicily whose basic layout is still intact.
  2. The lighthouse of Capo Zafferano is a popular destination.
  1. Pizzeria "Antica Caffetteria dell'Angolo". Good food in a down-to-earth restaurant.
  2. Filling station
  3. Bar "Basilica". Socializing in the evenings – pizza as well.
  4. Bar "Dolce Vita"
  5. Bakery - offers also family pizzas to take away.
  6. Bar "Celona"
  7. Hardware, batteries, glue and tools
  8. Household articles
  9. Supermarket
  10. Fresh fruits and vegetables
  11. Fresh fruits and vegetables
  12. First aid
  13. Fresh fruits and vegetables
  14. "Mille Sapori" - Coffee and delicacies (new). Great for small gifts. Bonus: honey and coffee from Santa Flavia
  15. Bicycle shop "Cicli Morici"
  16. Flower shop "Piante e Fiori Venturi"
  17. Bar, restaurant and pizzeria "Babilonia"
  18. Butcher "da Ernesto"
  19. Pharmacy
  20. Restaurant and pizzeria "Gasthaus"
  21. Bar "Cafè Solunto" (new)
  22. Fish restaurant "Al Faro Verde" overlooking the sea. Sicilians travel great distances to eat here.
  23. Pizzeria "La Punta" on the promontory of the Borgo di Santa Nicolicchia. During the summertime you can sit right at the water's edge.
  24. Pizzeria und Restaurant "Can Caus" managed by young, motivated staff. It has an extremely large terrace and indoor panoramic views too. Highly recommended. Inside view.
  25. Pizzeria "Antica Solunto" at an altitude of 100m. You can eat on a large terrace with breathtaking views of the mountains and the sea, which is open in summer and closed in with glass during the winter.
  1. Free part of the beach "Lido del Carabiniere".
  2. Free beach "Il Kafara".
  3. Free village beach of Sant'Elia.
  4. Free village beach of Porticello.
  5. Free beach "Aciddara".
  6. Private beach "Porto di Spagna".

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Last update: 15 April 2017