Oceano&Mare is located on via Caterina d'Altavilla, in the beach zone of San Leone (Agrigento) within 3 km of the Valley of the Temples, with its majestic temples and the beautiful archaeological museum and at only 9 km from the center of the city (railway station of Agrigento) , while only 1 km away you will find yourselves in the heart of San Leone , a famous tourist center.
In an enchanting place, in the mist of the natural beauty of the hills that Goethe enthusiastically described as " ...Never before had I seen the splendor of spring as I did this morning at dawn... From the window I can make out the soft sloping of the old city with its gardens and vineyards..." and the blue sea, Hotel Baglio della Luna has one of the best locations for a 4-star hotel at Agrigento. It is the ideal starting point to visit Agrigento or Valley of the Temples and to spend marvelous days at the beach.
Known as Akragas by the Greek, while the Romans called it Agrigentum, the Arabs Kerkent and the Normans Girgenti, Agrigento is set between Colle di Girgenti and Rupe Atenea, "the most beautiful city for mortals" according to Pindaro, a Greek poet of the 5th-century B.C. This city is the repository of so many cultures and artistic expression evident in the narrow streets and paths of the center and around Via Atenea where many important noble palaces and beautiful churches are found. There are many characteristic sacred buildings as there are many superimposed architectural styles, with Norman and baroque influences, such as can be admired in Cattedrale di San Gerlando. The Medieval and very beautiful Monastero di Santo Spirito, which these days houses a civic museum, is a large multi storey structure of many spaces, with a portal done in Chiaramontano style and gorgeous colour effect created by the alternate use of limestone and sandstone and by the original defensive facade brightened by refined monofore and bifore small windows.
In Contrada Caos you will find the "casa romita" where Luigi Pirandello lived during his childhood and teenage years and nowadays functions as a museum. The pathway next to the house leads to the "lonely pine", so many times evoked by the playwright, and which stands tall in the suggestive landscape.
The Valley of the Temples is an overwhelming sight of lush vegetation, and from among the "ancient almond tree forest", so dear to Pirandello, appear the shapes, memories, and perfect balance of the Temples which the Greek erected as bastions of art and civilization. The pinnacle of the Dioscuri temple, symbol of Valle and of Agrigento, is the prelude to the enormous Temple of Zeus, the imposing Temple of Eracle, the delightfully elegant Temple of Concordia, and the Temple of Juno, unique in its search for artistic perfection.
Between January and February, the white and the pink of the almonds in bloom are the first stirrings of Agrigento spring giving the valley an air of unforgettable charm.
HOW TO REACH US
Oceano&Mare is located 170 km from Palermo - Falcone Borsellino airport and 180 km from Catania - Fontanarossa airport. We suggest you to rent a car from either airport to conveniently reach the B&B. Follow the instructions in "By car" paragraph.
Agrigento can be reached from Palermo (about 2 hours) and from Catania (about 3 hours). From Agrigento railway station it is approximately 9 km to the house. The bus no. 2, runs every 30 minutes to the beach area of San Leone, a trip of about 10 minutes. The route is a loop which passes the turn to via Caterina d'Altavilla from via Degli Imperatori. (departures every 30 minutes). Once you arrive at Agrigento (central railway or bus station) please call us: we will come to pick you up.
166 km – approximately 2 hours 29 min
Take the highway A29 (Palermo - Mazzara del Vallo), exit to Castelvetrano and take the S.S. 115 to Agrigento. After Porto Empedocle, follow the direction to Caltanissetta, Siracusa, Palermo until to reach (after 3,5 km) la S.S. 640. Reach the Valley of the Temples (big roundabout Giunone) after take the direction to Licata, until to reach, after 300mt to a traffic light. Turn right and follow this road (via Cavaleri Magazzeni) (S.P.71) for 2.8 km then take the righthand branch of the Y where via Degli Imperatori starts. Follow this street for just under 1 km and turn right onto via Caterina d'Altavilla, a small street heading towards the sea. The B&B is at number 35, at the foot of the street.
166 km – approximately 2 hours 13 min
Take the highway A19 (Catania - Palermo), exit to Caltanissetta and follow the S.S. 640 to Agrigento. Proceed toward the Valley of the Temples and when reaching the roundabout where SS640 and SS115 meet exit on SS115 in the direction of Siracusa, then immediatly taking the first right on exiting the roundabout. Follow this road (via Cavaleri Magazzeni) for 2.8 km then take the righthand branch of the Y where via Degli Imperatori starts. Follow this street for just under 1 km and turn right onto via Caterina d'Altavilla, a small street heading towards the sea. The B&B is at number 35, at the foot of the street.
263 km – approximately 3 hours 14 min
Procedi in direzione sud da Via Giuseppe Garibaldi verso Via Castellamare. Svolta leggermente a sinistra a Via Primo Settembre. Svolta a destra a Viale San Martino. Svolta a sinistra a Via Tommaso Cannizzaro. Svolta a destra a E45/E90/Via Giuseppe La Farina. Svolta a destra a E45/E90/Viale Europa. Attraversa 1 rotonda. Prendi lo svincolo per A20. Mantieni la sinistra al bivio, segui le indicazioni per Catania/Messina Sud/Tremestieri/Messina/San Filippo/Gazzi ed entra in A20. Prosegui su A18/E45 (indicazioni per A18/Catania). Continua a seguire la E45. Strada a pedaggio parziale. Prendi l'uscita per A19/E932 verso Palermo. Prendi l'uscita verso Caltanissetta. Entra in A19. Prosegui su SS640 (indicazioni per Caltanissetta). Alla rotonda, prendi l'uscita 5a per SS115/Strada Statale a Scorrimento Veloce Orientale Sicula. Svolta a destra a Via Cavaleri Magazzeni/SP71. Svolta leggermente a destra su Via degli Imperatori. Svolta a destra a Via Caterina d'Altavilla. Il B&B si trova in fondo alla strada proprio di fronte l'incantevole viale delle Dune, al civico 35.
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B&B Oceano&Mare | Via Caterina d'Altavilla 35 | 92100 Valle dei Templi - Agrigento - Italia | Tel./Fax +39.0922.413041 | Cell. +39.320.8931513 - +39.339.3190306