Historical Background of Bagheria
The history of Bagheria is fairly recent, although traces of human settlements have been found in the area dating back to about 2500 years ago. During the Greek and Roman periods, the area was thickly wooded, which was then cut down in order to obtain lumber, and its land used for the cultivation of citrus fruits and grapes.
It was at this pleasant place, overlooking the sea, which the aristocracy of Palermo decided to seek refuge from the heat of the city. In the fourteenth century began the construction of magnificent villas, mainly in Gothic, baroque, or neoclassical style. The city assumed, more and more, the appearance of lordly center, from the streets to the tree-lined avenues, favored by the architecture of its villas and the ever constant presence of noblemen of the epoch.
Today Bagheria presents itself as a dynamic center, devoted to commerce and agriculture, in which are preserved the remains of the greatness of the ancient and powerful families of Palermo.