Absolutely stunning, the Valley of the Temples in the city of Agrigento has ruined walls and five Doric temples belonging to the ancient Greek city of Akragas. Situated on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the fabulous buildings, some of which date from the sixth century BC, seem as if put there as if on a movie set. They were built there to protect seafarers who sailed the seas and to guide them safely to the city. The Archaeological Park is huge,it is divided into two zones (East and West), and it also has an interesting museum and other middle ages buildings worth visiting. Because of its beauty and the monuments, the site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is visited by many people. I recommend that you get there early in the morning, and if you go in summer, bring sunscreen. You'll be so fascinated that without realizing it you will lose yourself among the temples of this city of Magna Grecia for hours.
Agrigento, like all the cities and towns I have visited in Sicily, is full of historic palaces and churches, narrow streets and steeped in history. Here Luigi Pirandello was born,the Nobel Prize for Literature winner in 1934. However, Agrigento I think is better known for its splendid Valley of the Temples and the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Akragas. However today I'm not going to talk about this part of Agrigento, but of another of its "towns", the "medieval", located in the highest part of the town. On this side is the city of postwar modern Agrigento full of concrete buildings and little else. In the valley, the ancient Greek and later Roman city. To get to the medieval part, for example from the Agrigento train station, you only have to turn left and then turn left again. Here you enter the main street, Via Atenea. From there, let yourself go, browse among the alleys, and enjoy the shadows that you engulf while you avoid the garbage heaps ...
This museum can be found in the San Nicola district. It has panoramic views of the Hill of the Temples, in an area that has been recently identified as the site of the upper Agora of this old city. Here you can find evidence of archaeological and architectural ruins. The museum illustrates the history of Agrigento historically old and territory that connects, from prehistory to the phase of Hellenization.
I was finishing my visit to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, in southwestern Sicily. Each time it was warmer, and thought that I had little to see ... Once past the Temple of Zeus, after crossing a road, a dirt road took me through olive trees and Mediterranean vegetation to the last temple, Castor and Pollux. I was surprised because the trees covered a collection of stones which was the Greek city of Agrigento, but both seemed to have entered a symbiosis, and I´m not sure what lied there in the past. A scene that was interesting. Then I came to a clear area, and there were the 4 columns of this temple. Columns that have become the symbol of the Agrigento, which reaches the horizon behind the temple. They are not there alone. All around are other ruins, very interesting. I read that they are shrines of the goddesses Demeter (Greek goddess of agriculture) and Persephone. I do not know, but I was struck by large circular constructions, like wheels and mills made by giants. The columns of Castor and Pollux where I found a beautiful orphan, strong and fragile at the same time, and this corner as a whole stayed in my memory as the most simple, but most beautiful and special in the Valley of the Temples.
This is an amazing place for travelers ve are interested in history. The whole complex of temples and ruins is priceless, apart from this idyllic spot, the entire area south of Sicily, still has all the charm of the Mediterranean.
The first temple that you see on the way from the main road, and the oldest in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Although there are only eight columns still standing, you can easily see the dimensions that the building once had. The ochre stones give the monument some warmth.
In spring, on the beach of Marina Siculiana, sea lilies grow. The length of white sand leads up to the reserve of Torre Salsa. Beautiful beach, perfect for children as it has shallow waters. You can rent a pedalboat, use the coin-operated showers, and buy drinks at the bar overlooking the coast. You can park comfortably, and although crowded, the coast is still large enough to not feel crowded. Recommendable.
South of Sicily, near Agrigento and a limestone cliff, are the ruins of the Greek town of Eraclea Minoa. The beach in this area is wonderful. It's crystal clear waters, sand, and the few people who go there, make it the best on the island to me. Its away from the hub of people, and in an area where the island highways don't reach it, an idyllic corner.
The Antiquarium di Agrigento Paleocristiana Casa Pace in Agrigento has a room that exhibits Sicilian artifacts dating back to the beginning of the Christian era from different excavations by the Superintendent of Agrigento and territory in the nearby museums. You can see a lot architectural fragments, lamps and a sarcophagus.
This Sicilian city has become known for its Greek temples, which are said to be the best preserved throughout the world. As a World Heritage site, they're just some of the things to see in Agrigento, but there are more. For lovers of art galleries, you can visit the archaeological museum, one of the inescapable places to visit in Agrigento. In addition, the area is very famous for the International Folklore Contest held during the celebrations of the Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore. Enjoying these celebrations is one of the best things to do in Agrigento today, but at times, the amount of people in the valley can be somewhat overwhelming. If you're a lover of ancient Greek art, Agrigento activities include taking advantage of the local cultural heritage. Visit the Greek temples in Doric style that still retain their charm despite having suffered earthquakes and plundering. Among other religious monuments and attractions in Agrigento include the Church of San Nicola. In addition to its architectural beauty, it has one of the most exceptional views from the Valley of the Temples, another of the many Agrigento attractions. Finally, we cannot fail to mention the Hellenistic-Roman quarter Visiting this area should be on the top of the list of stuff to do Agrigento. This city is almost like a museum, still housing the city's antique structure, drainage, sewers, tanks and remains of frescoes and mosaics, all of which you can only visit if you know what to do in Agrigento.