Villa Tasca is a historic full of charm property dating back to the 15th century, one of Sicily’s most prestigious and aristocratic residences, in fact it has been mentioned over the years, by many relevant magazines throughout the world.
It is located on the way between Palermo and Monreale, in a strategic position just off Palermo's ring road, within a very short distance from the old town center and the Duomo of Monreale, as well as the beach Mondello.
The villa was originally conceived as a hunting lodge by the Baron of Montefalco, then over the centuries, it has been owned by some of Sicily’s most illustrious noble families who revised and improved it. The last significant changes were made in the mid- to late 18th century and the neo-classical form and decorative treasures we can admire nowadays mainly date from that period.
In the 19th century the first Tasca (Lucio Mastrogiovanni Tasca) entered the scene and continued to enrich the villa, with statues, promenades, fountains, lakes and a myriad of valuables.
Furthermore, since then long tradition of VIP hospitality began, among the others: Jacqueline Kennedy, King Ferdinand IV and Queen Caroline, Bismarck, Margherita di Savoia, and great music composers such as Paganini, Verdi or Wagner who completed Parsifal while staying here in 1881.
Now, after telling the story of this prestigious residence, let’s start with the description of how it is in detail.
The entrance of the villa is through an elegant avenue of palm trees. The large first floor terrace that overlooks the grounds is the perfect place for dining during the summer months, while the covered terrace below is ideal for breakfast. You will enjoy the beautiful gardens with a variety of Mediterranean and tropical vegetation that will delight nature’s lovers, not forgetting the huge swimming pool where you can relax, sunbathe and cool off.
A large double staircase leads from the gardens to the main (noble) floor featuring gorgeous neo-classical frescoes, majolica tiles created by the great Neapolitan master Attanasio in 1777, 17th century Palermitan furnishings, Persian carpets, antique Murano glassware. Besides the main drawing room with its beautiful terrace overlooking the gardens, on this floor we also find the dining room, the music room (with grand piano and manuscripts signed by Wagner, Verdi and Artur Rubenstein), the TV room, a small service kitchen and two beautiful suites (Suite Majolica and Suite Contessa), one with a double bed and one with a double bed and a French bed (that can be converted in a very spacious twin bed if necessary). Both have views over the gardens, large elegant dressing rooms and en-suite bathrooms with separate tub and shower.
On request, two extra beds can be added in each bedroom.
Below, on the ground floor that has access to a shady covered terrace overlooking the gardens, there is a billiard room, the library, a bar, the main kitchen and two further spacious double bedroom suites (Suite Blu and Suite Rosa), both with en-suite bathrooms (one with tub and one with separate tub and shower).
On request, two extra beds can be added in each of these rooms.
By the way, the Tasca family are also excellent wine producers par excellence. Their family has been cultivating the land and producing some of Sicily’s finest wines for generations. Therefore, during your stay you can take the opportunity to visit one of their wineries in the center of Sicily for a guided tour, tasting and lunch. This trip is also a good occasion to see some of the island’s most stunning countryside, the Madonie Mountains and also If you want to learn how to cook Sicilian style, you can book a cooking experience with a member of the Tasca family. The Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School has been running for over 24 years. After shopping for ingredients in Palermo’s historic markets, you’ll learn how to create some Sicilian specialties and at the end you will eat what you have cooked!
Last notes: the owner lives in a separate wing of the villa with private access and finally, please report the presence of guests with severe walking difficulties.
To finish, Villa Tasca, immersed in one of the most beautiful gardens in Sicily, with its spacious and elegant suites, frescoed walls and ceilings, myriad works of art and antiques, full-time staff is the ideal place to appeciate the ancient, legendary Sicilian luxury for an unforgettable experience.
Palermo airport: 30 km-19 miles-30 mins
Trapani airport: 113 km-70 miles-1hr20
Catania airport: 206 km-108 miles-2hr
Comiso airport: 231 km-143 miles-2hr45
Nearest shops/restaurants: 5 mins drive in local area
Palermo center (shops and restaurants): 8 km-5 miles-15 mins
Nearest sandy beach in Mondello: 15 km-9 miles-30 mins
Monreale: 5 km-3 miles-10 mins
Cefalu:’ 75 km- 47miles-50 mins
Erice: 77 km-48 miles-1hr20
Trapani centre: 108 km- 67miles-1hr20
Segesta archaeological site: 79 km-49 miles-1hr
Zingaro Nature Reserve and Scopello: 121 km -75 miles-2hr10