Your Vacation in Sicily: Licata, Agrigento

Were we are

If you arrive from Catania along Highway 417 in the direction of Caltagirone, you should proceed towards Gela and then take Highway 115. The village is located at km 240 at about 10 km from Licata. The Valoroso Village is located near to the Serenusa Village.

If you arrive from Palermo on the A29 Motorway for Castelvetrano, continue along Highway 115 in the direction of Licata.
When you pass Licata you will find the village just 7 km further on.

Licata can be reached from the Catania airport by bus using "Etna autolinea".
For more information please contact: www.etnatrasporti.it.

Licata can be reached from the Palermo airport by bus using "SAL Autolinee" .
For more information please contact: www.autolineesal.it.

Surroundings

Our B&B is located a few kilometres from Licata (Agrigento) which is a small town in the south of Sicily, with a beautiful limpid sea with a sandy bottom. It is 52 km from the city of Agrigento, 42 km from the famous Valley of the Temples. Licata rises in a region which is rich in archaeological heritage of inestimable value and extraordinary natural beauty

Licata is a town with 39,091 inhabitants in the province of Agrigento.
Its origins date back to prehistoric times. The name of Licata appears, almost in its present form, as far back as the Norman age. In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, in fact, we find mentions of Leocata or Licata, along with the name taken by Olimpiada, clearly a name of Greek origin. The extensive history of Licata is widely documented in the city’s museum.

The whole district, which stretches for 24 km along the south coast of Sicily, is mostly quite flat with some gentle rolling hills.

In general it can be said that the morphology is strongly characterized by the presence of the River Salso which has created a flood lowland called The Plain. The River Salso flows into the sea of Licata with an estuary that practically divides the urban area in half. Licata is divided to the East from the town of Butera by the Cantigaglione Torrent which flows near Punta Due Rocche.

The town centre is located on the western border of the Gulf of Gela, in the shade of a hill called ‘The Mountain’.

The coastline, although marked in various areas by the reckless building works in the 70s and 80s, still preserves the natural character that makes it one of the most beautiful areas in the whole of the southern coast of Sicily, especially due to the alternation of the sandy and rocky environments characterized by the presence of extensive Posidonia Oceanica grass plains.

Among the historic events which took place in the territory of Licata, there is the Imera Battle, in 310 BC, during which Agatocle was beaten by the Carthaginians and the naval battle at Cape Ecnomo (256 BC), which was held during the First Punic War, where the Roman fleet led by Marco Attilio Regolo, defeated the Carthaginians. In more recent times, during the Second World War, the Allied forces landed on the Licata coasts.

Over the millenniums, the successive rulers in Sicily left a tangible presence in archaeological findings and also civil and religious architecture and urban structure of the city: there is even evidence of the Arab presence in the Marina quarter, the structure of the St. Paul’s Maltese quarter and the baroque influence of the main courses.

There are numerous archaeological finding which date back to the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic ages. Some especially noteworthy findings are the Stagnone Pontillo hypogeum, the monumental necropolis with the artificial caves of Mount Petrulla, the Grangela (hydraulic plant built in a pre Hellenistic era), the frourion di Falaride (fortress dating back to Greek times), and the remains of the Greek town of Monte Sant'Angelo.

Many of the findings from these and other important archaeological sites found in the municipal area are preserved and exhibited at the city Archaeological Museum, in the Cloisters of the Badia.


Some of the most valuable monuments include:

  • Castel Sant'Angelo: A Spanish lookout fort dating back to the late sixteenth century, from where you can see much of the coast and the Licata Plains
  • the Church of Santa Maria La Nova (Matrix): a fifteenth century work which was renovated in the Baroque period, it houses the Chapel of the Black Christ
  • Santa Maria La Vetere: in the Santa Maria district, this is the oldest church and first matrix in Licata, with thirteenth-fourteenth century origins
  • Carmine: a thirteenth century complex, with a church and convent that was rebuilt in 1700
  • Palazzo di Città, typical expression of Sicilian liberty, built on the designs of Ernesto Basile
  • liberty villas: built on the hill that rises over the city, they were the residences of the noble and upper class families in the early twentieth century
At Licata there is also the Foce del Salso Bird and Fauna Observatory.

Festivals

The celebration par excellence in Licata is very characteristic and is dedicated to Sant'Angelo, patron saint of the city, and celebrated on May 5 each year. Good Friday is also celebrated in a special way in this area.