Just 13 kilometers from Palermo, the city of Bagheria it is the second most populated municipality in the metropolitan city. Directly overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea but dominated by the Catalfano and Consona Mountains, Bagheria is a place with its own charm. Nicknamed the City of Villas by many, Bagheria has a wealth of wonderful villas, all made in typical Baroque architecture.
However, the beauty of this place is not limited to villas and historic buildings, but also lies in the natural landscapes that distinguish it. If you are thinking of a journey to discover Sicily, we suggest you absolutely include this gem in your hypothetical itinerary: for this reason, in this article we leave you a series of tips regarding what to do / see in Bagheria for the first time, including some tips on where to eat, where to spend the post dinner and how to get around the city.
- 10 things to see in Bagheria in a weekend
- What to see in Bagheria in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Bagheria: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Bagheria
- Plan your stay in Bagheria: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Bagheria in a weekend
1 - Palazzo Butera
Among the most beautiful villas and palaces of Bagheria, the Palazzo Butera it is by far the best known and most visited by tourists. It is an aristocratic residence, whose construction was commissioned by Giuseppe Branciforte (then prince of Pietraperzia and Leonfonte) in about 1658. The building in purely neoclassical style it has a portico with colonnade and internal cells that in the past contained statues depicting famous people of the time. The interior of the structure, on the other hand, is characterized by decorations on the walls made by the artist Velasquez and a spiral staircase of incredible workmanship that connects the lower floor with the upper one. On the entrance door of the crenellated tower, you can read a very curious epigraph: it is addressed to the sovereign of Palermo and was written by the will of Branciforte, who hoped to soon become regent of the Palermo court (the attempt never got the desired results!).
- the building is located just 5 minutes walk from the city council and 20 minutes walk from the train station. Get directions
- Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 20.00
- the visit of the entire structure costs € 7,50. If you want to visit only the ground floor, the towers and attics it costs € 5,00; ground floor only € 2,50.
2 - Villa Cattolica
Another Bagheria villa that is certainly worth a visit is Villa Cattolica. Built in 1736 at the behest of the Prince of Cattolica, Eraclea, today this villa permanently houses an art museum dedicated to the painter Renato Guttuso and other contemporary artists (including Gennaro, Calì, Quattrociocchi): in addition to pictures and paintings located on the upper floor, here you can also find the only sculpture created (and preserved in the external annex) and the tomb (in the garden of the villa). On the lower floor there is a museum dedicated to Sicilian carts, with pieces and testimonies of great historical interest.
- it is less than a ten minute walk from the city's train station and an 18 minute walk from the Municipality of Bagheria. Get directions
- Tuesday to Sunday, 9.00am to 17.00pm
- admission costs € 6,00 per person
3 - Villa Palagonia
Villa Palagonia, better known as the Villa dei Mostri, dates back to the early 1700s when Prince Gravina di Palagonia ordered its construction. Although the external and internal state of the building are not the best, due to years and years of neglect and inattention, this villa hides an incredible amount of treasures scattered between its walls and the park that surrounds it. In particular, what attracts the curiosity of visitors are the statues with monstrous and animalistic features distributed both inside and outside the house and which make it a unique place of its kind (especially as the evening falls, the atmosphere that hovers in Villa Palagonia is rather mysterious!). Also very interesting to visit Hall of Mirrors of the upper floor.
- it is located just 10 minutes walk from the Municipality of Bagheria and 15 minutes from the train station. Get directions
- every day, from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 15.30 to 17.30
- admission costs € 6,00
4 - Villa Valguarnera
Finally, we introduce you Villa Valguarnera, an eighteenth-century complex that many associate by similarity to Villa Stupinigi. Built at the behest of the Valguarnera princes, the villa has a truly original planimetric composition with elements that even seem to refer to esotericism: for example, an octagonal balustrade was built on the top of the nearby hill to recall the idea of the symbolic path from the earth to the sphere heavenly. Although the interiors of the villa are no longer open to tourists, a walk in splendid garden it will make you feel immersed in a relaxing oasis, miles away from the chaos of the city.
- it is just a 5-minute walk from Villa Palagonia, a 25-minute walk from the train station and 14 minutes from the Municipality of Bagheria. Get directions
- the villa (as anticipated) is unfortunately not open to the public, except for special events and occasions. However, it is possible to stay overnight: if you want to spend a romantic stay not far from Palermo, this is definitely a great option!
5 - Madrice Church
In addition to the villas of great charm, in Bagheria there are numerous other points of interest, including churches, museums and natural beauties. Starting from the religious buildings, we cannot fail to mention the Madrice Church of Bagheria, dating back to the eighteenth century: the Church, commissioned by Prince Branciforti, was dedicated to the Nativity of Mary and soon became the main religious building of the city. From the external façade, in reality, the church would seem a bit anonymous (were it not for the large clock, installed at the end of the 800th century); entering, however, we are sure that you will be speechless: the interior is in fact richly decorated with polychrome marble, frescoes and historical artifacts. Also, a great one organo dominates the upper part of the structure (still today it can be used for concerts that are held regularly: the Madrice Church is in fact equipped with excellent acoustics!)
- from Villa Palagonia, you can walk to the Madrice Church in 10 minutes. It is an 8-minute walk from the town hall, 20 minutes from the train station. Get directions
- always accessible (masses are held at the following times: weekdays 18.00; holidays: 9.30 - 11.30 - 18.00)
6 - Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Majestic and with a rather unusual layout (in fact it has a star-shaped plant), the Church of the Holy Sepulcher it is the second most important religious building in the city. Although the first construction took place at the beginning of the 700s, the current structure is the result of several changes undergone over time: the facade (which is the most beautiful thing in the entire building) is in fact built according to the canons of theneo-Gothic architecture, due to an important modification project implemented in the early years of the last century. In addition to the external part, we recommend you to visit it also for the square that rises around it: always very lively and busy, it is a pleasant corner in which to rest after a walk, sipping a coffee and watching the people go by.
- from the Madrice Church, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is within walking distance: only 5 minutes separate the two religious buildings. From the train station instead it will take you just over 15 minutes, along Corso Butera. Starting from the Municipality, however, it is just 4 minutes away. Get directions
- always accessible (Mass hours: weekdays 8.30 - 18.00; holidays: 8.30 - 10.00 - 12.00 - 18.00)
7 - Corso Umberto I
If you want to indulge in some healthy shopping, buy some souvenirs to take home or simply feel the need for a relaxing walk in the pedestrian area, Corso Umberto I it is exactly the place for you. This is the main pedestrian street of Bagheria, characterized by the concentration of many bars and commercial activities, very popular both during the day and in the evening for aperitifs and after dinner. In particular, the Corso connects Villa Palagonia directly to the main square of the city and is undoubtedly one of the best routes to walk.
During Christmas and the holidays, the street is decorated with lights and other decorations that make it one of the most magical places in the whole city!
- from Villa Palagonia, only a few steps separate you from the Corso. From the train station it will take you around 17 minutes on foot, along Corso Butero, then following via Palagonia and then via Ciro Scianna. From the Municipality, however, you are less than 100 meters away. Get directions
- always accessible
8 - Bay of the French
Finally, we cannot talk about what to do / see in Bagheria without mentioning the natural wonders in its surroundings. Among these, the Beach of the French, a real corner of paradise that rises between the coast of Aspra and Capo Zafferano: the water is crystal clear, the beach (mostly rocky) is free and the surrounding vegetation is luxuriant, so luxuriant that you will feel immersed in a tropical forest. If you want to take advantage of a beautiful sunny day to spend a few hours by the sea, we recommend this little place with your eyes closed. But make sure you get there before sunset, when this small cove is filled with people waiting to witness the spectacle offered by nature.
- it is necessary to travel by car. Spiaggia dei Francesi is located 15 minutes from Bagheria, heading north, on the slopes of Mongherbino. Get directions
- always accessible
9 - Capo Zafferano
Another place of considerable naturalistic interest not far from Bagheria is Capo Zafferano: in a nutshell, it is a small promontory directly overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, halfway between Bagheria and Palermo. The area is full of caves, rock walls and Mediterranean plants, furthermore the clear and shallow water near the shore makes this corner a perfect place for a bathing stop, after so much wandering around the city. Among the most characteristic views of the area, we point out theArco Azzurro of Capo Zafferano, of remarkable beauty as well as quite famous because it was used as a location for several commercials.
- it can be reached by car in just 14 minutes from Bagheria along the SS 113. Get directions
- always accessible
10 - Rock of the Formica, Porticello (Fraction of Santa Flavia)
We conclude by talking about a real gem, not far from Bagheria. The Rock of the Formica (or Secca della Formica) is a medium-sized rock, located just outside the port of Porticello, part of the municipality of Santa Flavia. This rock is known because in Phoenician and Roman times it was the cause of many shipwrecks. With its 60 meters depth, this rock has become the home of numerous marine animal and plant species, making it the ideal destination for lovers of snorkeling and diving. However, we do not recommend visiting it at the weekend (or at least Sunday afternoon), due to the large number of divers who go there intrigued by the reputation of the place.
- by car you will get there in just 4 minutes from Bagheria. Follow the signs for Porticello, and then for the city port. Get directions
- always accessible
What to see in Bagheria in one day: recommended itinerary
Having briefly presented the main attractions of the city of Bagheria, we now propose an itinerary to be completed in a single day, containing as many attractions as possible.
The Bagheria tour starts from the end of Corso Umberto I, and more precisely from Ester Bar, a true institution of the town. Here you can have a more than abundant breakfast, choosing from pastries and confectionery products typical of the area. After having refreshed yourself well, it's time to leave for one of the most beautiful villas in Bagheria: Villa Palagonia. Here, let yourself be fascinated by the animalistic and slightly creepy statues and stroll a little through the lush garden. At the end of the visit, go back along Corso Umberto I and (following the opposite direction from where you came before) follow it almost entirely until you reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Since it's time for lunch, we advise you to stop right in Piazza Santo Sepolcro in a place with a beautiful terrace: Door of the Pepper it is ideal if you want to have a light but tasty lunch, or if you want to opt for an excellent quality pizza. After lunch, you still have some time to visit the neighbor Madrice Church, before heading to Palazzo Butera, the best known city palace. After that it would be a real shame not to enjoy a few hours at the sea: for this reason, it could be an excellent idea to take the car and move to Capo Zafferano to savor the beauty of the coast.
On the way back, we suggest you make a stop at Arco Azzurro restaurant (via Mongerbino, 17), renowned for its fresh fish and excellent value for money ... not to mention the priceless view of the sea!
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Bar Ester Get directions
- Corso Umberto I - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Villa Palagonia - opening hours: from Mon to Sun from 9:00 to 13:00, from 15:30 to 17:30 - ticket price: full € 6,00
- Church of the Holy Sepulcher - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Lunch at Porta del Pepe Get directions
- Madrice Church - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Palazzo Butera - opening hours: from Tue to Sun from 10:00 to 20:00 - ticket price: the visit of the entire structure costs € 7,50. If you want to visit only the ground floor, the towers and attics it costs € 5,00; ground floor only € 2,50
- Capo Zafferano - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Dinner at Arco Azzurro restaurant. Get directions
Where to eat in Bagheria: the best restaurants
- Bitta Ristro: restaurant specializing in fish dishes and Mediterranean cuisine, with many options also for vegetarians and celiacs
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: Corso Butera, 423 (Get directions) / tel: +39 391 1856764
- The Puppets: refined restaurant with refined combinations, all the ingredients come from the area
Average price per person: € 40,00
Address and contacts: via del Cavaliere, 59 (Get directions) / tel: +39 091 902579
- Piombino Brothers Restaurateurs: restaurant that combines traditional recipes with more international dishes. The pizza is also very good.
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: via Giuseppe Scordato, 2 (Get directions) / tel: +39 091 900305
- Arco Azzurro: restaurant-reception hall renowned for its fresh fish, the excellent quality-price ratio and the priceless view of the sea.
Average price per person: € 28,00
Address and contacts: via Mongerbino, 17 (Get directions) / tel: +39 091 955465
- The Porta Del Pepe: ideal for quick and light meals based on salads, sandwiches or pizza.
Average price per person: € 15,00
Address and contacts: Via C. Greco, 5 (Get directions) / tel: +39
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Bagheria
After a nice dinner based on local dishes, the evening in Bagheria can only continue inside one of the many pubs in the city: especially in the downtown area, you will find them at every corner, suitable for all tastes. and requests. We have selected three of them, hoping to have given you a hand in the difficult choice.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Tychè Wine Bar: ideal place to drink a glass of wine with friends, with a beautiful view of the sea / Address: via Fiume d'Italia, 105 (Get directions) / Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Tyche- 856521784408230 /)
- Public: pub with a welcoming and jovial atmosphere, frequented by a young clientele / Address: via Quattrocchi, 24 (Get directions)
- The Black Tea: restaurant with nice furnishings, specialized not only in alcohol but also in sweets and herbal teas / Address: via del Cavaliere, 96 / A (Get directions) / Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/blackteabagheria/)
Plan your stay in Bagheria: info and useful tips
- Bagheria is quite close to Palermo and Punta Raisi Airport (the latter is 42 minutes away by car and is connected by private shuttles / transfers starting from € 10,00 per person). From Palermo it can be reached by car via the Messina-Palermo motorway (A20) (about 18km, 25 minutes), or by train, with the daily Palermo-Bagheria route at a cost of € 1,70 (Trains departing from Central Station).
- Getting around: Bagheria is a city that can be visited mostly on foot, especially if the intention is to stay in the historic center area. However, if you plan to visit the less central districts, as well as some nearby attractions, we recommend that you use your car to get around.
- Where to park: In general, it is quite easy to find parking in Bagheria. In some areas of the center, however, parking may be subject to a charge or a parking disc. This is why many opt to park their car outside the center, and then move around on foot: many free parking spaces are available in the areas near the train station, or towards the old local market area.
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: Palermo (18 km, 25 minutes by car), Monreale (25 km, 35 minutes by car), Caccamo (32 km, 35 minutes by car), Cefalù (54 km, 43 minutes by car)