The most cinematographic destination venue in Sicily, about which I would like to tell you today is Villa Valguarnera.
Villa Valguarnera owned by one of the most important aristocratic family in Sicily, with its voluptuously curved wings, concave facades and circular forecourt it is one of the most splendid villas in Italy, lying a short distance from Palermo in the tiny town of Bagheria. Villa was designed in 1712 by the architect, Tommaso Napoli.
Villa Valguarnera has always been one of the intellectual centers of Sicily, attracting an eclectic list of guests that over the years has ranged from von Goethe, Stendhal and Queen of Austria to Salvador Dalì, Dacia Maraini and Manolo Blanik. The late Prince of Villafranca was a pioneer of underwater film indeed there is a small museum within the villa dedicated to his company, Panaria Film.
The owner Princess Vittoria Alliata di Villafranca (a title bestowed on her family in 1609 by the King of Spain) invited us for a delicious, organic lunch and she showed us around her magnificent home with enchanting, ancient garden.
Spending a visit dipping into the past, breathing in the slow and sleepy atmosphere of ancient aristocratic Palermo and Sicily with the owner who has hundreds of amazing stories to tell about the villa and the family, it was a fascinating experience for us.
The glorious villa whose renaissance inspired Cinema Paradiso director, Giuseppe Tornatore to create Dolce and Gabbana’s most glamorous perfume commercial. Played by Sophia Loren in the Dolce and Gabbana film, the aristocratic owner of Villa Valguarnera has dedicated her life to rescuing and reviving her magnificent family home. Villa Valguarnera is suitable for anyone who loves art, beauty and culture wanting an exclusive event in a cinematographic setting that offers genuine insight into the complex history of Sicily and the Sicilian aristocracy.