Seaside Villa Capo Zafferano

Just 30 meters from the sea and overlooking the Capo Zaferrano, this villa is situated  on a rocky slope on the northern coast of Sicily. The Italian architect Armando Barraja designed the house as a summer residence for his family in the late 1980s. It will remind you of a ship with details like porthole windows, railing-like balustrades and the ubiquitous view of the sea. Positioned as it is on a slope, the entrance is on the upper level. You step immediately into the central living area with a fireplace and dining area. From here you enter the three bedrooms, the bathroom and the kitchen. Access to the terrace is flanked on both sides by the glass walls typical of the house’s period. From the large terrace, bridges lead to the back of the house and outer staircases to the two lower floors, each with a bedroom and bathroom. There is another terrace on the middle level and you can also sunbathe on rock platforms below, just two meters above the sea.

Just as unique as the architecture is the villa’s interior design. Armando Barraja is not only an architect, he also founded an company in Palermo in the seventies that imports designer furniture. The house is fully furnished with his furniture: a divider by Franco Albini, a marble table by Dino Gavina, chairs by Werner Panton and Marcel Breuer and many  other rare pieces.

What to do

Swimming and snorkelling, hiking, excursions to Palermo (half an hour away by car).

Why we like this house

Both the architecture and interior design are very special and create the villa’s distinctive charm. The fantastic view of the sea, the private bathing bay and the proximity to lively Palermo all promise a fantastic holiday experience.

This house is great for

Couples, families, friends


Region/Town IT – Italy, Sicily, Palermo, Bagheria
Name Villa Capo Zafferano
Scenery Rugged coast, right on the Mediterranean Sea
Number of guests 2 to 9 persons
Completed 1990
Design Armando Barraja
Published Ein Architektenhaus am Capo Zafferano
Architecture Modern
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), 8+ (house/apartment), Art, Family, Garden, Island, Sea

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  1. A wonderful 2021 july week in this fantastic house at Capo Zafferano. The house has an extraordinary location with a beautiful view over the sea horizon and Capo Zafferano. It is so relaxing to just sit there and watch the sea. It is often a light very comfortable breeze and shadow on the main terrace, but one level down there is a very sunny “sunbathe terrace”. Also very unique to have your own little private lagun to go swimming. As an alternative there is a nice outdoor shower where you can cool down while still watching the beautiful sea ! We had a very relaxing week, although one year delayed because of the pandemic. But also from the pandemic perspective, we felt very safe in this house and with a nice little foodstore near by in Porticello. We can highly recommend to spend a week or more in this extraordinary house. Grazie Mille, Giacomo !
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  2. What a great place!

    The house is beautifully integrated into the landscape and the carefully designed outdoor spaces and the staging of the views are breathtaking.

    There were only four of us, so we used only the upstairs area which offered plenty of space for us. There are two additional rooms on the lower level, which are accessible via the lower terraces, allowing privacy even when staying with a larger group.

    The outside with its two main terraces, two side bridges and some smaller sitting places offers both sunny spots for sunbathing and cool and shady spots.

    The easy walk through the naturalistic garden to the private swimming bay is a delight.

    Although there is plenty to see and explore we spent more time than normally at the house – not because of Corona but because we found it hard to leave. We enjoyed the views, the changing color of Capo Zafferano, watching the fishing boats going out and the sound of the ocean.

    We had originally booked for last year but had to cancel due to travel restrictions. Giacomo was very patient and understanding, and we were glad that we could travel this year. He provided us with excellent tips and was a very attentive host.

    We will definitely be back. Mille grazie Giacomo!
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  3. Die Villa Capo Zafferano ist ein einmaliger Rückzugsort! Die Villa ist architektonisch wohl überlegt und perfekt in die Landschaft eingebettet. Der Blick auf das Meer von den verschiedenen Terrassen oder dem eigenen Meerzugang ist unglaublich beruhigend und sieht jede Minute anders aus. Giacomo ist ein sehr guter und freundlicher Gastgeber und seine Tipps sind goldwert. Die Villa empfehlen wir uneingeschränkt weiter und kommen gerne wieder.
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  4. Für uns die perfekte Unterkunft, um trotz der Corona-Pandemie sicher reisen zu können: in dieser Villa ist Abstand halten kein Problem, es gibt weder Nachbarn noch Mitbewohner (ausser denen, die man auf die Reise selbst mitbringt). Wer nicht will, muss die Villa nicht verlassen (von Einkäufen abgesehen), und wer will das schon, wenn die Ausblicke von den verschiedenen Terrassen aus so traumhaft sind wie hier, wenn der Garten und das Meer locken. Wir waren im Oktober da, das Wetter war gemischt, Baden im Meer direkt am Haus wegen der Wellen nur manchmal möglich. Aber der nächste, komplett menschenleere Strand ist nur wenige Minuten Autofahrt entfernt. Auch sonst hat man im Haus und in der Umgebung alles, was man braucht. Wir haben den Grill genauso genossen wie den Kamin, und die ausgewählten Restaurants, die Giacomo uns empfohlen hat. Ein sehr erholsamer Aufenthalt, organisiert von einem umsichtigen und herzlichen Gastgeber.
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  5. a really impressive architect villa. timelessly beautiful with two wonderful terraces. especially during corona, it is particularly suitable for spending a great holiday away from the crowds. swimming in the sea, barbecuing and just relaxing – everything is possible here.
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