A magnificent slice of heaven with courtyards, curtain walls and watchtowers, overlooking an enchanting veranda with a view of the Valley of Temples, where you can dine at the Il Dehors restaurant right at home in the Sicilian mood.
Foresteria Baglio della Luna is a small charming 4-star hotel just a few kilometers from the center of Agrigento.
The careful renovations have enhanced the ancient eighteenth century buildings, nestled in a verdant and luxuriant garden where you'll find the solarium with Jacuzzi for eight seats.
Leave your car at the free parking lot and step into the castle courtyard, embellished with wicker couches and Mediterranean plants. The interior is elegant and decorated in the classic style with hints of bygone rural Sicilian decor.
in the 13th century watchtower.
The room is furnished with frescoes on the ceiling and the bathroom is equipped with multifunctional shower boxes.
in the 13th century watchtower.
The bathroom is equipped with a multifunctional box with hydro massage, sauna and aroma therapy.
A total of 23 large and bright rooms in the foresteria and the medieval watchtower of the of the boutique hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna, accurately furnished in classic style according to the best Sicilian antiquarian tradition, with materials as wood, wrought iron and ceramics. The art objects on the walls and the antique furniture add a precious touch to a pleasant and elegant stay.
Free Wifi is available in all rooms and spaces of the hotel. All rooms have air conditioning, heating, telephone, minibar and wake-up call service.
Foresteria Baglio della Luna in Agrigento is a boutique hotel with 23 rooms and suites that overlooks the Valley of the Temples. This 13th century building, carefully restored to guarantee all the modern conviences of today, is an oasis of absolute peace and silence in graceful Sicily and offers the unique experience of sleeping in a medieval watchtower. All its rooms and suites have a marvellous view on the Valley of the Temples or on the countryside. A comfortable and charming stay in the midst of nature.
The Foresteria Baglio della Luna provides an ideal setting for those who wish to spend their holiday relaxing in a tranquil corner of paradise like the Meditteranean garden with Jacuzzi and solarium and for those who love to be seduced by the finest Sicilian dishes, prepared by the hotel’s restaurant Accademia del Buon Gusto.
The hotel is located in the countryside but just a few minutes from the city centre, from the beach of Maddalusa and from the fantastic Scala dei Turchi, an ideal place from where to start discovering the beauties of Western Sicily.
At the Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna we pay specific attention to preparing a rich and healthy breakfast. In the panoramic veranda of the restaurant overlooking the Valley of the Temples the guests enjoy both breakfast and panorama.
Pistachio croissants, homemade cookies and cakes, fresh juices and fruits, coffee and cappuccino prepared at the moment by the attentive waiters and very much more to start the day in the best way.
Those who like to wake up slowly and spend some time in the room during the morning can order room service.
The Mediterranean garden of the Foresteria Baglio della Luna, with its olive and lemon trees, wisteria and palm trees, is an ideal place to relax and from where to enjoy the fabulous view on the Valley of the Temples. A tranquil oasis of magic beauty for an unforgettable stay.
From the garden of the Foresteria Baglio della Luna there is a view on the entire Valley of the Temples.
The Valley of the Temples
The Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna offers a breathtaking view on the Valley of the Temples, Europe’s largest archaeological area, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. From the special panoramic position of the hotel one can admire the entire Valley with its antique Doric temples amidst old olive and almond trees. Especially at sunset and at night when the Temples are lit, the Sicilian night becomes unforgettably magic.
The location of the Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna is an ideal base from where to explore not only the historic sites but also the nature parks and the seaside in the surroundings of Agrigento.
Maddalusa beach is only at a walking distance of 500 metres from the hotel. At 8 km in direction Palma di Montechiara is the beautiful natural park of Punto Bianca.
At Realmonte, 11km from the hotel, the astonishing Scala dei Turchi, a cliff in marl stone with a sheer drop to the sea sculptured by the wind in an enormous blinding white staircase.
Further on in direction Siculiana the WWF Protected Oasis of Torre Salsa is a real pristine paradise.
From Porto Empedocle ferry boats depart to the Pelagie Island, Lampedusa and Linosa, last outpost towards Africa, a real nature reserve of harmony.
Purpose of Accademia del Buon Gusto is to promote Sicily’s unique gastronomic heritage with all its authentic products, among those, who are too busy with their daily problems and lost the habit of slowing down to enjoy the small pleasures of life, like that of the aromas and the taste of good food.
The Mediterranean diet is more than just food. It is a way of living that stimulates respect for the territory and the biodiversity, that guarantees the conservation and the development of the traditional activities and the crafts in the fishing and the agricultural sector of our country. The simple cuisine of the Accademia del Buon Gusto involves a set of skills, knowledge and traditions that go from the landscape to the dining table, including crops, harvesting, fishing, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing and consumption of food.
The cooking lessons are held by Chèf Massimiliano Ballarò, assisted by two sous-chefs: he will share all his knowledge and his great passion for the Mediterranean cuisine with you. The 4-days cooking classes will take place in March and in November, for groups of minimum 4 and maximum 12 participants.
Each cooking class is aimed at developing the knowledge of the participants about the basic products of the Mediterranean diet, the techniques of “slow cooking” and the gastronomic combinations.
The lessons will involve the participants actively in the cooking. Through the activity of professional wine tasting, organized by a sommelier, the participants will also be introduced to the most important Sicilian wines.
The lessons will be held in English or Italian.
Helicoper trip over Etna and Taormina
Panoramic flight over Etna with amazing views on its smoking craters and on the surrounding countryside.
The flight takes off from the airport of Calatabiano (10 minutes from Taormina) and lasts 20 minutes. On the way to the Etna you will have a beautiful view on the coast from one side and on the typical Etna villages from the other side. On top of the Etna (3.350 meters) you will admire the smoking crates and the “Valle del Bova”, a Sicilian nature reserve.
Excursion on Horseback
A beautiful excursion on horseback in the Valley of the Temples.
If you like trekking and want to experience adventure and freedom, we can book a horseback ride along the ancient paths of the Valley of the Temples. An enchanting journey through hidden paths of the Valley from which you have a chance to be a few meters from the ancient Doric temples of Vulcan, Castor and Pollux, Juno, Concordia, Hercules and finally in the Garden of Kolymbetra between almond and olive trees.
The horseback ride lasts about three hours and will cost € 60.00 including the insurance.
Mountain bike trip
A beautiful bike ride in the Sicilian landscape.
Mountain bikes are available for the guests of the Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna. They can bike along pristine along predetermined route discovering a marvellous coast and a pristine Mediterranean maquis.
An unforgettable experienceThis wonderful schooner was built entirely out of wood in 1936 and originally used as a support boat for the fishing of sponges and corals. It was later bought by an Englishman who turned it into a splendid yacht. The two masts vessel is 18 metres long and has 3 cabins, 2 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. The ship can host up to 14 people including the two crew members.
Sailing along one of the world’s most beautiful coasts, where the spectacular view of the Scala dei Turchi and the crystal clear water create a unique striking contrast between the bright white marl stone of the cliffs and the intense blue of the sea..
On the boat trip that lasts about 6 hours dinner will be served with pasta with pistachio and shrimps pesto, fresh fruit, white wine and water.
Departure from the harbour of San Leone (Agrigento) at 10,00 am and return at 16.30 pm, each day from 15 June till 30 September.
Renowned as the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragas, founded in 580 B.C., Agrigento was described by the Greek poet Pindar as "The most beautiful city of the mortals"
Built in between two hills, the Colle di Girgenti and the Rupe Atenea, the old town of Agrigento still entirely preserves the structure the Arabs gave it during their domination, with a labyrinth of small streets converging in Via Athenea, the main shopping street of the town.
The Cathedral and the old church of Santa Maria dei Greci are some of the many churches worth visiting. Other attractions are the birth house of Luigi Pirandello and the FAM, the permanent modern art gallery near to the Basilica dell’ Immacolata.
Those who want to discover the treasures of one of the oldest Sicilian towns have to drive only a few minutes to reach the town centre.
In the surroundings of Agrigento on the coast and inland there are plenty of places to visit like the Castle of Siculiana, the Nature Reserve of Torre Salsa, the Scala dei Turchi, Sciacca.
Within the walls of the Hotel Foresteria Baglio della Luna the gourmet restaurant Accademia del Buon Gusto offers meals of outstanding quality.
Having dinner in the veranda of the restaurant or in the garden with a view on the Valley of the Temples is a unique experience.
The cuisine uses only selected local quality products, each dish becoming a sensational trip among the local aromas and flavours.
The chefs transform these selected local products in culinary delights, keeping the roots in the tradition but renovating continually the cooking techniques.
The Accademia del Buon Gusto stands for refined Sicilian and Italian recipes, elegant and balanced combinations of traditional knowledge and contemporary cooking styles.
A selection of the finest wines completes the culinary adventure. A wine list of more than 130 etiquettes with the best-known Sicilian wines as well as Italian and world wines.
The restaurant Expanificio is a place where simplicity and legance come together and give shape to a warm and very Sicilian location, where the typical local cuisine is accompanied by a touch of creativity.
The Osteria Expanificio has a rich wine list, which focuses on the reds and the whites of the Sicilian tradition and beyond.
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Open every day from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm and from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Piazzetta Giuseppe Sinatra, 16 - Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Phone: +39 0922 595399 / +39 388 1656294 / +39 389 0522703
Official Website: http://www.osteriaexpanificio.it/
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You can fly into the airport Falcone Borsellino of Palermo, 170 km from the hotel, or in the airport Fontanarossa of Catania, 180 km from the hotel.
From Palermo to Agrigento it takes 2 hours and from Catania to Agrigento 3 hours. In 15 minutes a taxi will take you from the train station of Agrigento to the hotel.
From palermo - Take the motorway A29 (Palermo - Mazzara del Vallo), exit Castelvetrana and take the S.S. 115 direction Agrigento. At Porto Empedocle follow indications Caltanissetta, Siracusa, Palermo and after 3,5 km take the S.S. 640. After having passed the bridge continue another 50 metres. Take the exit road and keep the right side and you will arrive at the hotel.
From catania - Take the motorway A19 (Catania-Palermo), exit Caltanissetta and continue on the S.S. 640 direction Agrigento. When arriving at Agrigento on the large roundabout of the Temple area take the 3rd exit and follow indications Trapani/Palermo. After 4,150 km on the S.S.640 and after the road sign with speed limit 70 Km/h, you will find the sign for the Hotel Baglio della Luna.
GPS coordinates: 37.278494, 13.573238.
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