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Bagheria

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Bagheria is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Palermo in Sicily, Italy.EtymologyAccording to some sources, the name Bagheria originates from the Phoenician term Bayharia meaning "land that descends toward the sea." Other sources claim that it derives from the Arabic Bāb al-Gerib, or "windy gateway." However, the most plausible explanation is that it drives from Arabic بحرية '''', meaning 'of the sea, marine'.HistorySince its founding, the town has gone by the names of Bayharia, Baharia, and Baarìa. In 1658 Giuseppe Branciforti, Prince of Butera and former Viceroy of Sicily, built a large villa and established the region as the preferred location for the vacation homes of Palermo's elites. Villas like the fortified Villa San Marco (designed by Andrea Cirrincione) with angled bastions and a drawbridge soon followed. The area experienced a boom in villa building roughly coinciding with the period of Savoyard (1713–21) and Habsburg (1721–30) rule and continuing for several decades thereafter. The two most striking baroque residences, Villa Valguarnera and Villa Palagonia were designed by the architect Tommaso Maria Napoli in 1712 and 1715 respectively. Both were completed only decades later. Napoli had been influenced by his experiences in Rome and Vienna and this is reflected in his designs. Other architects and clients like the Giuseppe Mariani and the Prince of Aragona also looked to prints of Roman exemplars when constructing the Villa Aragona (now Cutò) in 1714. By 1763 tastes were changing. The Villa Villarosa, supervised by the young G.V. Marvuglia, was directly modelled on more neoclassical plans published by Jean-François Neufforge in 1760.
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Specialty Museum
Museo dell'Acciuga Aspra
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Historic Site
Villa Palagonia
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Villa Cattolica
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Capo Zafferano
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Church
Duomo di Monreale Monreale
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Castle
Castello di Caccamo Caccamo
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CIDMA: Mafia and Anti-Mafia Center Guided Visits Corleone
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Art Gallery
Drago Artecontemporanea
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History Museum
Villa Sant’Isidoro De Cordova
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Architectural Building
Palazzo Villarosa
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Museo del Giocattolo e delle Cere Pietro Piraino
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Historic Sites in Bagheria

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Historic Site
Villa Valguarnera
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Chiesa del SS. Sepolcro
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Religious Site
Madrice di Bagheria
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Nature in Bagheria

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Geologic Formation
Arco Azzurro Aspra
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Bagheria

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Specialty Museum
Museo Guttuso
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Duration: 1h 30 min

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