Places to see

Just a few minutes drive from Villa Mimosa you will find Selinunte with beautiful beaches, magnificent temples, picturesque harbour and various restaurants. Or the vibrant historic town Castelvetrano, with regular markets and a beautiful piazza to sit in, whilst soaking up the atmosphere.

For other places to visit, scroll down the page or use the links to the right to find out about each attraction.

Friday
Mar022012

Ficuzza

Ficuzza has one of the last remaining patches of virgin forest – Sicily before the Greeks and Romans cleared the land for growing grain, was all like this.

There are picnic areas and beautiful walks to be enjoyed and, set amongst all this, the palatial hunting lodge built for the monstrous Ferdinand IV. Nelson, for reasons best known to himself, liked this king and his Austrian queen; brutally putting down a justifiable rebellion and moving the Royal couple to Sicily and out of the way of Napoleon’s advance.

The lodge is open to the public every day. Next to it, you can visit the Bird Sanctuary, dedicated to treating injured and sick birds and then releasing them back into the wild.

Ficuzza

Friday
Mar022012

Bagheria

In the latter half of the 17th Century, wealthy Palermitani aristocrats chose this area outside Palermo to build imposing palaces. Convenient for any necessary business trips to the capital but allowing them to indulge their taste for spacious and lavish buildings, gardens and estates. Today most of the estates have been swallowed by urban development but the impressive villas remain.

Villa Cattolica, recently restored, now houses a museum of 20th Century Art, especially featuring the paintings of Guttoso. Villa Palagonia remains, however, an astonishing place to visit: its 18th century owner had the most bizarre taste, the resulting fantasies have to be seen to be believed.

Bagheria