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Agrigento

MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY OF THE MORTALS

written by Fabrizio Rossi

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That is how, the ancient Greek poet Pindar (518 BC- 483 BC), defined the city of Agrigento (518 BC - 438 BC), to witness the splendor and power that city (at that time called Akragas), reached during the nearly four centuries of Greek domination. The splendor and power of Akragas are now part of history, but Agrigento with its Valley of the Temples still continues to be one of the most fascinating remains of the Hellenistic period.

Monuments, museums and natural beauty Undisputed symbol of the ancient city is the archaeological complex, including the Temple of Concordia, which is considered to be one of the best preserved temples of the entire Greek world. The city's history is characterized by a succession of rulers, from the Hellenistic civilization to the Roman period, from Arab incursions to Norman domination. Then Swabians, the Angioni, the Aragonese, the Spanish, the Savoy, the Habsburgs and the Bourbons. The city, as indeed all of Trinacria (former Greek name for Sicily, alluding to the triangular shape of the island), is a real journey through the millennial history, told in episodes.

Among its cultural treasures, Agrigento has a temple dedicated to Demeter, the goddess of flowering. According to the ancient Greeks, Demeter allowed the rebirth of life with the arrival of a long summer season, which lasted for eight months. The beginning of the long Sicilian summer is characterized by the occurrence of an event of extraordinary natural beauty, - the flowering of the orange trees, which occurs in Agrigento and large parts of Sicily from the month of April on. Kolymbetra garden, full of orange trees, extending to five acres in the Valley of the Temples, is the ideal scene to live an extraordinary and unforgettable multi-sensual experience of culture and wonderful scents.

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