To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.
- Goethe

Location and history

Villa Cecilia is located at 50 mt from the sea, just outside the village of Trabia.

The villa is close to the former buildings of the tuna fisheries that date back to the 16th century and to a little touristic port. The main house is enclosed by an ancient loquat garden known as "Big garden of Principi Lanza di Trabia".

The Lanza family, which dates back to the 13th century, has been one of the most important and ancient aristocratic families of Sicily. During the 16th century, the Lanza gained title to the fiefdom of Trabia that became Princedom of Trabia in 1601. Their suggestive Castle built in the 10th century on sea rocks, is at only 200 mt of distance from Villa Cecilia.

The Castle of Trabia has been elected as as preferred residence by Prince Raimondo Lanza di Trabia and has seen illustrious guests, like Susanna Agnelli, the writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, to name a few.


Is a village situated on the coast, 34 km east of Palermo, along sea route 113 towards Cefalù and Messina and conveniently located at 2 km from the highway access.

The lovely village was created between the 10th and 11th centuries from a nucleus of houses surrounding the Castle, between the hills and the sea, green olive trees gardens, fertile plantations of strawberries, peaches, loquat and citruses.

It is now a renowned Tyrrhenian Sea touristic centre, with its beaches, the Castle on the sea, the sea chapel Santa Rosalia, the green hills, its restaurants, with its small fishery village of San Nicola l'Arena with its own castle on a well-known touristic port.

Birthplace of pasta

Trabia is described in the first historical document that mentions the production of pasta.

Video: "The origins of pasta".

In 1154, the Arab geographer, Al Idrisi, while travelling around Sicily on behalf of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily, to discover customs and traditions of the population at that time, described in the famous “Tabula Rogeriana” the existence of Trabia and the local production of pasta:

“To the west of Termini there is a town called Trabia ('At Tarbiah, the square), an enchanting place to live, abounding in streams that drive numerous mills. Trabia sits in a vast plain with many great estates, where great quantities of pasta (in arab - itriya - spaghetti) are made and exported everywhere, especially to Calabria and other Muslim and Christian lands; many shiploads are sent. In the port of this town they catch that big fish which is called tuna”.

With this historical testimony it is then confirmed that the dry long pasta called "itriya" (spaghetti) used to be produced, even before 1154, in the laborious town of Trabia were they were they carried out handicraft, commercial and marittime activities.

If, as is so commonly reported, the Arabs really did introduce the technique of drying pasta into Sicily, it would appear that the Sicilians quickly surpassed their teachers, and developed the art as it had been developed nowhere else. [Ref. "Pasta: the story of a universal food", S. Serventi, F. Sabban, Columbia University Press, 2002]

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Villa Cecilia Trabia
Tourism & Service Srl
SS113, 4
90019 Trabia, Sicily, Italy

Phone: +39-338-1550331
Latest News

August 2020
Special Offer!
20% OFF the stated prices for stay in 2020.

January 2016
Botanic Garden Review!
Villa Cecilia Trabia has been visited by representatives of Union of Garden Clubs Italy (UGAI) who have written a review on the UGAI website. More...

November 2015
We have added a new accommodation for rental: Cottage Agapanto. Independent and secluded cottage with a panoramic view on the sea bay. Ideal for for couples looking for their privacy. More...

March 2014
We now offer an even wider range of services including touristic tours with an English speaking guide to the historical highlights of Palermo, Monreale and Trabia.

April 2013
Our guests staying in the Main House can enjoy a private chef available also for large groups with a wide selection of regional and Sicilian dishes.