Bagheria

Villa Aragona Cutò

Villa Aragona Cutò, Bagheria

 

Villa Aragona Cutò is situated near the Bagheria railway station. According to the information outside the building, Villa Aragona Cutò was commissioned by the Prince of Aragona, Baldassarre Naselli (the first name also written Baldassare), in the first half of the 17th century. The ville is a massive square structure and is characterized by the covered roof-terrace which afforded a wonderful panorama. The interior is decorated by fine frescoes. Today it houses the municipal library (Biblioteca Comunale) as well as the Pietro Piraino Toy Museum.

Palazzo Galletti Inguaggiato

Palazzo Galletti Inguaggiato

Palazzo Galletti Inguaggiato, Corso Butera 112-114, was built in 1770 by the Marquis of Santa Marina, Giovanni Pietro Galletti. It is the work of the architect Andrea Giganti. If you walk up to the center from the railway station, you can pass this splendid, privately owned, villa.

 

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Dolce and Gabbana commercial with Sophia Loren. Location is the Villa Valguarnera. Director: Giuseppe Tornatore. Music: Ennio Morricone.

 

Arco del padreterno (God's Arch) is located at the end of Via Palagonia. It was once the entrance of Villa Palagonia.

 

Villa Palagonia (Bagheria) - "The Villa of Monsters" (Villa dei Mostri)

Hall of mirrors, Villa Palagonia.

Hall of mirrors, Villa Palagonia, Bagheria.

The construction of Villa Palagonia - famous for the statues of "monsters" that decorate its garden and its wall - began in 1715. The architect was Tommaso Napoli (and Agatino Daidone), and the building is a fine example of the so called Sicilian baroque.

The grotesque statues were created from 1749 by Francesco Ferdinando II Gravina, Prince of Palagonia.

 

 

           

 

 

Villa Palagonia, entrance

The main entrance at Villa Palagonia.

 

Monsters on the wall at Villa Palagonia

Three of the monsters on the wall. Villa Palagonia is known all over the world as "The Villa of Monsters" (Villa dei Mostri).

 

 

Balcony in Bagheria

Balcony in Bagheria.

 

Bagheria as a film location

Conjugal Love (Dacia Maraini, 1970)

Macha Méril in Conjugal Love

Conjugal Love (L'Amore Coniugale, 1970) is a film directed by Dacia Maraini, more known for her novels. The film is starring Tomas Milian and Macha Méril (which fans of Dario Argento will recognize). In Villa Valguarnera, a noble villa of Bagheria, two spouses, Silvio and Leda Pataneo, spend their days devoting themselves mainly to the care of a citrus grove. But they suffer severe pressure from two people. Based on the homonymous novel by Dacia Maraini’s husband Alberto Moravia.

Baarìa (Giuseppe Tornatore, 2009)

Baarìa (Giuseppe Tornatore, 2009)

Life in the Sicilian town of Bagheria (known as Baarìa in Sicilian), from the 1930s to the 1980s, as seen through the eyes of Peppino (Francesco Scianna) and Mannina (Margareth Madè).

L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

A young woman (Massari) disappears during a boating trip in the Mediterranean. Most of the film shows the search for her by her lover (Ferzetti) and her best friend (Vitti).