Enveloped by The Valley of the Temples archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Villa Athena is situated only 200 meters from the Concordia Temple, an ancient Doric masterpiece and one of the best preserved Greek temples outside of Greece.
A stately residence from 1972 Villa Athena, after a conservative restoration to maintain the architectonical style of the villa, became a hotel in the beginning of the XX century.
The Hotel Villa Athena has recently undergone a meticulous restoration in order to gain a more comfortable status, redesigning public spaces, suites and junior suites with breathtaking views of the Temples and the lovely private gardens of the villa.
Today Hotel Villa Athena offers the hospitality, the comfort and the services of a five star luxury property.
A sojourn at Villa Athena enables discerning travelers to immerse in history and in the myth, testified by the eternal suggestion of the temples.
The everlasting magnificent Sicily with its riches and magic sensations is here, rewarding those connoisseurs in search of an enriching experience.
Guests will be welcomed at this ancient Villa by the typical distinguished Sicilian hospitality: the discreet service will fulfill the most discerning travelers requests.
The hotel’s recent restoration has renovated every environment, including the rooms and the suites, which have a view of the temples and/or of the park of centuries old olive trees.
The atmosphere that recalls the noble tradition of this "house" pervades everywhere. Everything is original and unequalled, with refined furniture and an impeccable service, enriched by a warm and friendly welcome typical of Sicily.
Seduced by the enchanting view of the Temples, on the Belvedere Terrace it will be possible to taste delicious delicacies from an expertly reappraised cuisine in harmony with the Sicilian culinary tradition.
All the rooms come with: air-conditioning, Lcd TV, telephone with a direct line, free internet access, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer, wake up service/alarm clock. Some rooms are with: Private Spa, stereo CD and DVD player.
▪ Classic Room ▪
Queen-size bed, area with a writing desk and small armchair, 32" LCD TV. View of private garden or inner car park. Marble bathrooms with Sicilian ceramics with shower and/or bath.
▪ Superior Room ▪
Queen-size bed, king-size bed or two twin beds. 32" LCD TV. View of private garden or Temples. Some have a walk-in closet and private external space. Marble bathrooms with Sicilian ceramics with shower and/or bath; all the bathrooms have a window with a view of the Temples.
▪ Deluxe Room ▪
A queen-size bed or two twin beds. 32" LCD TV.
Frontal view of the temple of Concordia and large private terrace or external patio. Marble bathrooms with Sicilian ceramics with shower and/or bath; all the bathrooms have a window with a view of the Temples.
▪ Junior Suite ▪
A queen-size bed, a king-size bed or two twin beds. 27" LCD TV. Comfortable sitting area with 32" LCD TV; walk-in closet and private external space. View of garden. Marble bathrooms with Sicilian ceramics with shower and/or bath.
▪ Suite ▪
Large room with queen-size bed, king-size bed or two twin beds. Two 27" and 32"LCD TV screens. Some have a walk-in closet; View of private garden or Temples. Marble bathrooms with Sicilian ceramics with shower and/or bath.
▪ Presidential Suite ▪
Large room with king-size bed. Two LCD TV screens of 40" and a comfortable sitting area. This room is situated right in front of the Temple of Concordia and has a delightful private terrace. Marble bathroom with Sicilian ceramics with shower and bath. Window has a magnificent view.
▪ Athena Suite ▪
Spacious Bedroom (50sqm) with a king-size double bed, flat screen 42" LCD television.
Comfortable sitting area with 42" flat screen LCD television.
Frontal View of the Temple of Concordia and side view of the temples of Juno and Heracles and ample private terrace.
Bathroom made from Sicilian marble and ceramics with bath and shower.
▪ Villa Suite ▪
An airy room with king-size bed and 37" TV screen. Spacious sitting area with a bar, 50" plasma TV, personal Jacuzzi, walk-in closet, and an ample terrace with a panoramic view of the whole archaeological area.
Bathroom in marble with Sicilian ceramics with shower and bath.
How to reach the hotel
From Catania center:
Following the directions to Highway Catania-Palermo and take direction Palermo for 100 km; exit at Caltanissetta Centro and cross Caltanissetta, go onwards Agrigento for about 60 km. Once in Agrigento follow the direction to Hotel Villa Athena.
From Palermo center:
Option one 130 km: Follow the directions for Highway A29 and then A19 and exit at Villabate; take the SS121 and then SS189 direction Agrigento. Once in Agrigento follow the direction to Hotel Villa Athena.
Option two 199 km: Take the Highway Palermo-Mazzara del Vallo direction Mazzara del Vallo, exit at Castelvetrano and continue in direction of Agrigento. Once in Agrigento follow the direction to Hotel Villa Athena.
From Catania airport Fossanova: 163 km.
From Palermo airport Falcone e Borsellino: 133 km.
Bar / Lounge
Breakfast in the Room
Lift / Elevator
Safe Deposit Box
▪ The terrace of the Gods ▪
The garden of the villa blends into the landscape of almond and olive trees that surrounds the magnificent millennia-old temples; from here the Temples of Concordia and Juno can be seen on the Terrace of the Gods, with all the enchantment that this spiritually uplifting place can give.
The Terrace is therefore in homage to the gods who saw fit to give Villa Athena a show that is repeated every day and from where it is possible to exalt the enogastronomic flavours of the territory.
▪ Granaio di Ibla ▪
The restaurant is characterized by the presence of an ancient Greek cistern, which is perfectly visible thanks to the glass flooring and the lighting which reveals the still-existing ducts which brought the water to the cistern dug in the tufa rock, together with the building materials and lining.
In subsequent eras, this cistern was used by the Romans, who lined it with opus signinum, and also by Christians, who created a sepulchral niche inside it which is still visible today. Finally, at the start of the 20th century, it was used for a brief period as a granary.
The name "Ibla" is in homage to the writer Sergio Campailla for having dedicated his novel, "The Terrestrial Paradise", to Villa Athena. He called it “Villa Ibla” out of poetic licence. Today, the historical artistic prestige of the restaurant and the hotel is entrusted to the expertise of Salvatore Gambuzza, the multi-prize winning chef who proposes traditional dishes from the area reinterpreted in a modern way. Giovanni Grano, the Maitre d’Hotel, sees that the service is carried out with the respect and the attention of bygone days.
▪ The Patio Lounge ▪
The patio of the ancient villa is a place which is loved both by guests and by those who know how to appreciate the sight of the eighteenth-century colonnade that surrounds the master room. Its unique atmosphere, enhanced by the bookcase and by jewels made from the famous corals of Sciacca, make it the ideal place where to savour cocktails carefully selected by our barman in exclusive surroundings.
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