Agriturismo Villa Cefalà
via SS 113 n°48 – 90017 Santa Flavia (Palermo)
Sicilia – Italia
The Palermo airport “Falcone and Borsellino” is the closest to Villa Cefalà, 53 kilometers away.From the airport, take the Trinacria Express train or shuttle bus to Palermo and get off at the central train station. Continue by train towards Casteldaccia (Palermo – Cefalù line) and follow the directions under “by train”.
From the Palermo port: by car, take highway A19 Palermo – Catania and exit after about 15 kilometers at Casteldaccia. From here, follow the directions under “By car”; by foot, go to the central train station in Palermo and follow the directions under “By train”.
Palermo – Cefalù line, Casteldaccia station.
The station is 800 meters from Villa Cefalà. The holiday farm offers free shuttle service from the station upon request.
From highway A19 Palermo – Catania, exit at Casteldaccia. Take your first right and follow directions for SS 113. At the crossroad, keep your left and go straight on: you’ll reach Villa Cefalà after 300 meters.
Just 15 kilometers outside Palermo and 45 from Cefalù, overlooking the sea in Santa Flavia and within the heart of the green citrus and olive grove estate of a noble country residence: the b&b near Palermo Villa Cefalà is an exclusive destination surrounded by delightful landscapes close to plenty of attractions and artistic and historic villages, as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily – only 300 meters away.
Relax within the prestigious estate, cultural sites and a crystal-clear sea just a few steps away: Villa Cefalà is one of the few hotels and bed and breakfast near Palermo located in an enchanting, secluded area but still just 2 kilometers far from the A19 Palermo – Catania highway, as well as to state highway that can take you from Santa Flavia to Agrigento and the worldwide famous Valley of the Temples, or Trapani with its salt pans and windmills, the Medieval hamlet of Erice, as well as the beautiful cities of Catania and Messina.
Villa Cefalà is just 5 minutes away from Santa Flavia: a delightful town, capital of a beautiful area with stunning shores and pretty inland such as the small and picturesque seaside villages of Porticello, Sant’Elia and Solanto, nestled between the sea and the cliffs on the incomparable, backdrop of Cape Zafferano.
Santa Flavia was once the capital of Palermo’s aristocratic landlords whose towers with beams were used as summer getaways and still dot the hills (Villa Cefalà is one of these beautiful mansions). In the main square of the town, the wonderful Villa Filangeri (town hall) is one of the most charming villas around. Commissioned by the family during the Seventeenth Century, the villa was built and decorated in Baroque style. While the decorations have almost all disappeared over the years, the style was charmingly renovated at the beginning of the 20th Century by Ernesto Basile, the Palermo Art Nouveau architect (who designed the impressive Massimo theater, the Parliament, etc.). Magnificent tropical and centuries-old local plants grow in a unique array in the Villa’s garden.
You’ll find other significant villas in Santa Flavia: from the 16th Century Villa San Marco to Villa Valdina, as well as the Villino Basile designed by the famous architect. The Basilica Soluntina di Sant’Anna basilica is really worth a visit too: a magnificent example of Sicilian baroque.
Porticello is the picturesque seafaring village that houses one of the most important fish markets in Sicily. The well-loved “U scaru” is the heart of the village, overlooking a port that actually “never sleeps”: ice-cream stands, restaurants and bars by day and the fascinating fish market by night.
Sant’Elia is where the sea creeps up to embrace the houses: truly enchanting views in a series of inlets and bays with small delightful beaches under Cape Zafferano, where the ancient fish nets testify the fishing traditions of the village.
Rounding Cape Zafferano you’ll find Torre Mongerbino, the the bridge sculpted in the rock, the Arco azzurro made famous by the Baci Perugina chocolate box: a perfect destination for walking and trekking.
Once of the most exciting sites in Sicily is within close range of the holiday farm Villa Cefalà: the historic Solunto, an ancient Phoenician settlement, then conquered by the Greeks and finally a Roman city located at the foot of Mount Catalfano that dominates the sea from a plateau with a magnificent display of archeological ruins dating back to the Seventh century B.C.
While staying at the Villa Cefalà bed and breakfast in Santa Flavia, don’t miss a trip to the villas in Bagheria, just a few kilometers from the agriturismo. The most stunning is certainly Villa Palagonia, also known as Villa dei Mostri, one of the most extraordinary examples of Sicilian and international Baroque culture. The architecture, sculptures, decor and park of the villa were designed as a scenic illusionist and fantasy stage: once 200 tuff stone statues (now 60) of mythological figures, caricatures, fanciful animals and ladies and knights observed visitors from the Villa walls.