Villa Palagonia or the “Villa of the Monsters,” built in the 18th century, was visited by German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1787. He described it as a place filled with “elements of madness,” because to him, its decor was a grotesque expression of the unconscious (And he’s right!). Certainly, in the late 18th…
Day 9 of Experience Sicily Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below | Creative Minds
Live from Sicily! Day 9 of Experience Sicily Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below. With the help of Francesco, we explored the excentric mind of the Prince of Palagonia at Villa Palagonia in Bagheria. The estate’s hall of mirrors surprised and begged questions about the owner’s critical mind. Once in the vibrant center…
One of what was once over six hundred, now approximately 70, statues of monsters, fantastic characters, imaginary animals, knights, ladies, peasants, and musicians that decorated the outer walls and grounds of Villa Palagonia in Bagheria. (Photo by Experience Sicily’s Filippo Buttitta)
Villa Cefalà in Santa Flavia was built in 1778 as a mansion for a Sicilian noble family. It has recently been refurbished as an agriturismo or farm stay/inn. It looks out on to the Tyrrhenian Sea and is surrounded by the estate’s olive and citrus groves.
The ceramic tile floors of 18th century villas, such as this one from Villa Rammacca in Bagheria, are works of art. #sicily #sicily_travel #sicilia #sicily_tourism #italy #ig_sicily #italia #bagheria #ceramics #ceramica #siciliaph #floor #villarammacca #tiles #art #design #villa