Why we like it
- Historic 17th-century villa shrouded by myths and legends of a previous time
- Located in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Valley of the Temples
- The only five star hotel in the region
- An intimate property with just 27 boutique rooms
- Ideal for those with an interest in the history and culture of Ancient Greece
About Hotel Villa Athena
Modern day Agrigento is home to one of Sicily's most famous historical attractions - UNESCO World Heritage Site The Valley of the Temples. This archaeological park is home to a collection of eight temples which together comprised the ancient Greek city of Akragas. As one of the finest hotels in the region - and the only five star hotel in the valley - Villa Athena's exclusive location in this private park is second to none. With rustic Saracen olive trees and centuries-old palms watching over the ancient and tranquil landscape, it's as if time has stood still for thousands of years in this oasis of history, tradition and culture.
Villa Athena's interiors are bright and fresh with white walls and refined and elegant furnishings paying homage to the location's past. All rooms feature complimentary internet access, LCD TV, and a mini-bar, while some even have a private spa. We recommend requesting a room overlooking the magnificent Temple of Concordia - dating back to the 5th century BC it is one of the most notable examples of Ancient Greek architecture due to its state of preservation.
Outside, terracotta pathways meander through the distinctly Mediterranean garden towards a large outdoor swimming pool lined by sun loungers. Ruins of an early Christian basilica dating back to between the 5th and 6th Century AD can be seen here, as well as a refined marble Pluteus - a clear testimony to the presence of Christianity in the eternal valley. The hotel restaurant, Il Granaio di Ibla, serves authentic Sicilian cuisine complemented by an extensive wine list, while glorious temple views can be enjoyed from The Belvedere Terrace when dining by candlelight.