Set in a beautiful converted villa just 12km from the town of Palermo and only 300 metres from the beach, Villa Cefalà is an idyllic place to spend your holiday in Sicily. The surrounding land is very fertile and many fruits are grown in the region, indeed the villa was built in 1778 by Count Pilo of Capaci to run a large citrus orchard. The buildings have been tastefully renovated and converted to provide comfortable and pleasant rooms and apartments for rent.
There is much to do in this part of Sicily. Only a few kilometres away is the archeological site of Solunto on the slopes of Mt. Catalfamo. This was originally a Phoenician settlement before falling to the Greeks and then the Romans, ultimately being abandoned. The nearby town of Bagheria was once a retreat for the aristocracy and the town has many mansions and villas - it even boasts a modern art museum. Of course there is also Palermo, the capital of Sicily, wrapped in millennia of history. Whereas Solunto disappeared into the mists of time, Palermo grew from strength to strength and is still a thriving city filled with much to see and do.
A charming ambience, typical of the period residences of eighteenth century
aristocratic Sicily when the city's nobles loved to retire to the countryside
to manage their estates and spend leisurely days dedicated to reading and
music, social calls, genuine food and authentic and strong flavors, typical
of Sicilian cuisine.
That charm and those delicacies are now recreated by the Villa Cefalà restaurant in Santa Flavia with an expert balance in recipes and menus that interpret modern taste open to the influences of Italian and international cuisine.
The fresh and genuine ingredients come from the holiday farm's cultivation and fruit groves, like the extra virgin oil and wines, the latter accompanied by important regional labels from Sicily and Italy.
The restaurant dining rooms can also host banquets and receptions, magnificent in the summer when the restaurant moves to the Villa Cefalà terrace, framed by the sea and hills.
Restaurant specialities: Pasta with sardines "alla Palina", eggplant ravioli with Pachino tomatoes and salted ricotta cheese, nebrodi pork with fruit mustard.
Farm products: Extra virgin olive oil, red and white wines, honey, lemon, orange, mandarin orange marmalade, etc.
Villa Cefalà also has many activities to keep you occupied, from the beautiful landscaped gardens where you can unwind in the sun, mountain bikes for exploring the surrounding countryside, fishing in the nearby rivers, to planned excursions and even a sailing club.[ local map | map of region ]