- Apartment in old palace
- Total renovation needed
- Vaulted ceilings
- Marvelous paintings
- Antique flooring
- Possible to buy more living area
- 3 kilometers to beaches
In Palazzo Agnello, built by baron Agnello in 1794 you find this beautiful apartment. The palace has been in the family up until this day.
The latter baron Agnello was a great lover of music and culture, and in this palace was written parts of the famous book The Leopard by Tomasi Di Lampedusa, a close friend of the Baron. He organized many concerts with promising as well as famous musicians, that all came to live in this apartment during their stays.
The apartment needs total renovation, but here are preserved all original atmosphere it had in its heyday. It is approximately 208 sqm, all on one floor.
Here we have high vaulted ceilings with marvelous paintings and antique flooring preserved. Entering the apartment is entering in another time dimension – this is a time capsule from the Sicilian feudal times. The entrance to the palace is renovated and very impressive.
For those who wish more living area, it is possible to buy also the neighboring apartment in the same, noble style, providing an additional 270 sqm of living space plus a terrace. The apartments are easy to connect.
In addition, at the ground floor of the palace, it is possible to acquire a room possible to use as offices, reception etc.
Furthermore, with a separate entrance from the back of the building, is a large, arched stone cellar of 276 sqm plus a courtyard of 116 sqm available to acquire. This part of the property is suitable for a wine cellar, restaurant, etc, but can also be converted into an exceptionally beautiful apartment with huge arches, stone walls, etc.
If these vaults wouldn’t be enough, there is yet another vault part possible to acquire. It is 108 sqm large and easy to connect to the cellar mentioned above.
Siculiana is a town of about 4,500 residents, located about 20 kilometers from the city of Agrigento along the southern coast of Sicily. Founded in 1450, the old town of Siculiana has an ancient and original atmosphere.
Three kilometers away is Siculiana Marina, where you find sandy beaches and a well organized beach with a variety of bars and restaurants.
The southwestern coast and inland of Sicily have been forgotten and neglected by tourists in favor of the more frequently visited northern coast. It wasn’t until recent years that things started to take off a bit for this region. But with two aces up its sleeve: Scala dei Turchi and the Valley of Temples, the future does look bright.
The main city of the region, Agrigento, was founded by the Greeks over 2500 years ago, and immediately became a city of great importance. The height of which probably was around the year 480 BC, when the city formed an alliance with Syracuse and defeated the Carthaginians at the battle of Himera on the northern coast of the island (called Termini Imerese today, you can read more about this city in the text about The Province of Palermo).
Today Agrigento is a modern city and a hub for the main industry of the region: Agriculture. If you take the provincial road SP4 heading south from the city, you will pretty much take a trip back in time. Valle dei Templi (the Valley of Temples) is Sicily’s, Italy’s, and possibly Europe’s, most well kept and unique landmark. The entrance fee is 10€ and is an absolute must for anybody who finds themselves in the region. For once the entrance fee is paid, you will be greatly rewarded with seven Doric temples from the 6th and 5th century BC, complete with roads, building foundations, and an amphitheater. There are also early Christian catacombs found on the site.
If you continue further along the road, past Agrigento’s harbor town of Porto Empedocle, and pay close attention to the brown road signs notifying you of the nearby sights, you will find Scala dei Turchi (Stair of the Turks). Several hundred meters long, and roughly 50 meters high, these white limestone cliffs have been ground down by the waves into a natural stairway, where every step is between 5 and 10 meters deep. The clear, white cliffs in combination with the turquoise Mediterranean is truly a sight to behold, and you would be hard-pressed not to enjoy a swim while here. It does tend to get a bit crowded during high season however, so if you are in the mood for a more private swim, the coast of the province consists of about 150 kilometers of sandy beaches, many of which are completely empty even during high season.
In a more gastronomical sense, the seafood dishes reign supreme. One of the biggest fishing fleets of Italy departs from the town of Sciacca, so fresher fish than here is hard to come by. Cheese, wine, and of course, olive oil are all very important ingredients, both to the gastronomy and economy of the region.