Villa Valguarnera discovering the 18th century

Magnificent Sicily


The sunset lights up the baroque facade of a beautiful 18th century villa. Just a few minutes of light before the night covers our culture with a curtain made of stars.

We are lucky. We can sleep absorbed in our history.

Built by a Bernini pupil with a plan shaped on the Key of Knowledge, VILLA VALGUARNERA is one of the first examples of neoclassical architecture which inspired Schinkel, Dufourny and other personalities in their construction of castles and palaces along Europe.

"Valguarnera’s noble floor opens up to hospitality, allowing its guests to contribute through their holidays"

Magnificent Sicily

Villa Valguarnera

discovering the 18th century

The Sicilian palace’s rebirth was made possible by a cultured and brilliant owner, Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca. Movie director Giuseppe Tornatore paid tribute to this special woman through a short film played by Sofia Loren and shot in the occasion of his last Dolce and Gabbana commercial.

Watch it HERE

The beautiful staircase leads to the NOBLE FLOOR: there you’re welcomed by three living rooms and a dance room all decorated with stucco, gildings and neoclassical frescoes. The large windows overlook the unique view on Palermo and Cefalù’s gulfs. On the same floor you can find four bedrooms – including the impressive prince’s alcove with a boudoir and a private bathroom – the large kitchen with pantry, the music room and three terraces.

Valguarnera’s noble floor opens up to hospitality, allowing its guests to contribute through their holidays to the restoration process of this Sicilian wonder. Let’s bring it back to its former glory, in the cradle of the island’s intellectualism.

Try the home cooking made with self-produced ingredients. They’re all cultivated through biological and biodynamic methods like in the old days of the Salaparuta Duke: an ancestor of the current owner and good friend of Rudolph Steiner that wrote the Manuale di gastrosofia naturista. This is one of the first essays on vegetarian and vegan cooking published in 1911, whose recipes are still at the base of the villa’ specialities.


P.S. Book your holiday in this incredible 18th century palace HERE. It’s the portal of a great Sicilian host, Fabrizio Ajello, who will guide you through the wonder of Sicilian residences.

Take note of this website.

And if you’re looking for a guided tour, click HERE

Gallery: Villa Valguarnera