Via Passeggiata Archeologica, 33 92100 Agrigento − Italy
+39 0922. 596288
Fax: +39 0922. 402180
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.
AN OASIS OF LUXURY WITHIN THE VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES
The only 5-star hotel situated within the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples, which UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site.
A magnificent residence of the end of the 18th century, it is at the same time a custodian of the classical traces that may be discovered almost everywhere, like in some treasure trove.
Situated 200 metres away from the Temple of Concordia, a true masterpiece of Doric art dating back to the 5th century B.C., Villa Athena is a place which transcends time and space, where nature art and beauty have been merging together for over 2,500 years in the presence of the gods.
Renamed the City of the Temples because of its numerous Doric temples and defined by Pindar as “the most beautiful town among mortals”, Agrigento is full of history and culture. It has one of the most important archaeological parks in the world and has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It is the cradle of great writers (Pirandello, Sciascia, and Camilleri) and the land of ancient folk traditions (the Almond Blossom Festival and the Feast of Saint Calogero).
Agrigento is also an important sea resort, with an extensive sandy coastline.
The famous Scala dei Turchi and the Torre Salsa nature reserve are the greatest expression of its natural resources.
Events in Agrigento:
- Bread arches
- Feast of saint calogero
- Feast of the assumption
- The almond blossom festival
Valley of the Temples
Declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site, the Valley of the Temples archaeological site is a unique place in which to lose yourself. Here you will be met by a timeless landscape, full of rarefied and mystic silence, which recalls the wondrous Peloponnese archaeological sites.
One thousand three hundred hectares of land where only age-old almond and olive trees grow, the natural guardians of the remains of ancient Akragas, one of the most important Greek colonies in Sicily, founded around 582 B.C.
Traces of this ancient splendour can still be seen in the sanctuaries, the necropolises, the agora and the temples, built mostly in the fifth century B.C., during the years of the democracy established by the philosopher Empedocles.
- Beach service
If you want to spend some days by the sea, the hotel has a special agreement with the beach facilities in San Leone, which you can reach in a few minutes by car.
In the morning, feast on a sumptuous breakfast made up of sweet and savoury delicacies.
The mini cannoli, which are filled on ordering with fresh ricotta cheese, and the freshly-squeezed orange juice are incomparable.
- Entrance to the Valley of Temples
- Free parking
The car park, to which all our guests can accede, is free and under video surveillance.
- Free Wi-Fi
At Villa Athena you can surf the web freely through our wireless network, available both in your rooms and in the common areas.
Villa Athena is a pet-friendly structure. We willingly accept your pet animals free of charge if of a small size.
Please let us know if you intend to travel with your four-legged friend so we can arrange the best welcome both for you and for them.
- Private Concierge
The location is not enough to make the stay excellent. What is also needed is a team of trained professionals who are polite but at the same time genuinely passionate about their work. Villa Athena offers a concierge service, available 24/7 to satisfy your every wish. They can organize guided excursions, romantic dinners, beach trips, a surprise for your partner. Nothing is impossible in the city of Gods.
- Restaurants and bars
There are two restaurants open both at lunch and at dinner at Villa Athena: Terrazza degli Dei, with its breathtaking view of the temples, and for a cocktail, there is Federico II, an open air bar. Gluten free and vegetarian menus are also available.
The new and exclusive SPA is ready to pamper you with the best treatments using Carita by L’Oreal.
For treatments that restore both the body and the spirit
- Swimming pool and garden
Admire the Temple of Concordia from our heated, fresh water swimming pool, surrounded by the solarium area with sun loungers and umbrellas.
Have a panoramic swim at sunset to recover from the excursion of the day, immersed in the enchanting scents of our garden, which includes a citrus grove, age-old olive trees, prickly pears, palms and a small Mediterranean kitchen garden.
Apart from art and culture, Sicily is also rich in beautiful coastline. It has a sea of dazzling beauty and extraordinary beaches which are worth visiting, if only for one day.
Scala dei Turchi
It is said that the natural stairway of this cliff served as a landing point for the “Turks” during the Moor invasions of the sixteenth century.
Imagine a sea that stretches to infinity, whose colours vary from green to blue, and a rock face of blinding white stone that slopes down to the surface of the transparent water.
Lie down in this opaline scenario and sunbathe while enjoying an incomparable natural spectacle.
Torre salsa nature reserve:
A landscape which is unique in the world, where cliffs alternate with limestone rock covered in clay.
Through bushes and shrubs, you make your way to a beach with clear waters populated by fish and anemones, where you can dive and do snorkelling.
From here you can see Torre Salsa, which gives the name to the reserve. It is an ancient watchtower. The rocks form a path along the surface of the water, where fish dart around and shellfish find cover. Walking along the 6 km coastline is a beautiful experience.
You go through a spectacular landscape where cliffs of varying height alternate with dunes, deserted beaches and cultivated terraces.
At particular times of the year, it is possible to spot the famous turtles.
San Leone beach:
For those who love carefree idleness, there is a beach with every amenity in San Leone, which is ten minutes by car from the hotel and which offers exclusive prices to our guests.
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Please fill this form for individuals or for groups and you shall receive an answer written by a live person at Hotel Villa Athena. This is the only way you can know exactly what room types are available for the dates you want, an the best possible rate, because you are dealing directly with the hotel. Bear in mind that websites set up to give an automatic answer, work with allocated quotas given by the hotel, therefore when it appears there are no rooms available for the date you want, this is not necessarily true. Plus they charge the hotel a commission which is normally around 20% of the room rate.
Panini, pasta, salad, the usual, but scrumptious bruschetta and a fun cook who lets you sample what he is mixing in the kitchen.
Great little place to stop if you're going on foot to or from to the Valley of the Temples east entrance.
Monday to Saturday from 7.00 am to 11.00 pm. Closed on Sunday
Via Panoramica dei Templi, 23, Bonamorone, 92100 Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Hotel Villa Athena offers versatile and elegant solutions for special events, small conferences and banquets up to 100 persons, with indoor and outdoor facilities.
The elegant property restaurant Il granaio di Ibla may host up to 100 guests indoor, offering exclusive and personalized menus including the best quality of gourmet cuisine. During the favourable weather a dedicated area of the private garden may host 120 guests.
An indoor meeting area, with the possibility of different set ups for a maximum of 30 persons, is perfect for small meetings or conventions.
Il granaio di Ibla restaurant proposes several solutions for coffee breaks, light lunches or gala dinners.
The truly professional and attentive service makes this elegant restaurant the perfect setting for romantic dinners as well as social gatherings.
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 La Terrazza degli Dei, 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.
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 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.