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second day of your trip, you will want to start your intensive tour of the
city. You will wake up to the beautiful vegetation and flora of the Valley of
the Temples, consisting of pistachio trees, olive trees, almond trees and wild
dei Templi (Valley of the Temple) is the most famous archaeological site in
Agrigento housing part of the best preserved Ancient Greek ruins in the globe,
more so outside Greece. This may be attributed to the fact that Agrigento had
been colonised by Greek since 6th century BC. It is among the most exceptional
examples of Greater Greece architecture and art, and is also among the main
attractions of Agrigento. By visiting Agrigento, your trip will be incomplete
if you do not get to this amazing historical site, which also happens to be a
national monument of Italy. The entrance fee is about 8 Euros.
of the Temples (which is more of a ridge than a valley) is majorly comprised of
the beautiful relics of nine sacred temples out of the original ten. The best
preserved of the relics was built in the 5th century BC, the Temple of
Concorde, which was incorporated into a church. The other temples that you will
need to have a glimpse at are the Temple of Juno, Temple of Hercules, Temple of
Zeus Olympic, Temple of Vulcan, Temple of Asclepius, Temple of Castor and
To the east
of the entrance, the first temple is the Tempio di Ercole (Temple of Hercules).
It is thin, long and around a third standing. This is the oldest of the
temples, built at the end of the 6th century BC. Close to it are some
fascinating deep ruts made by ancient carriages.
Next to it,
heading east is the large Tempio della Concorda, the most impressive almost whole
structure that was built around 440-450 BC. The narrow track continues up the
small cliffs on the ridge towards the Temple of Juno. It is partially ruined
but offers a perfect spot to look down the ridge at the other temples.
of Zeus Olympic in the museum together with Gigante recreations show the form
and size of the temple. At one time, this temple was supported by 38 gigante.
Even though it has been reduced to a mere jumble of large stones, this temple
was at one time the biggest known Greek temple in the globe.
temples, the valley of the Temples holds numerous other archaeological sites
that include the 1st century AD Temple of Theron as well as several sanctuaries
which were built in as early as the sixth century. At the western area of the
valley where the Temple of Concorde lies, are sections of early-medieval
necropolis that were constructed on existing cisterns. You will have the chance
to see some of the tombs and catacombs in the Grotte Fragapane that date back
to the 4th century AD. Guided tours of the Valley of the Temples may be hired
and audio tours are available at the entrance.
complement your trip to the Valley of the Temples you will need to visit the
archaeological Museum situated at the city centre as well as the adjacent Roman
Quarter. The Museum is approximately half way from the Valley of the Temples to
the station and houses various artifacts taken from the site. Interesting
exhibits in the archaeological Museum include a large collection of vases,
Roman mosaics and lion-head water spouts. When it was built, it was intended to
accommodate a large telamon to be constructed from pieces.
centre of Agrigento is worth a visit as well. The magnificent cathedral is
uphill to northwestern corner of the city centre on Via Duomo. It was built
around 1000AD and has since been renovated several times. Today, the cathedral
offers amazing views across the valley. It is advisable to visit this place
earlier in the day because it closes from 12-4 pm.
cathedral you may head yet to another church, the Salita Santa Maria dei Greci.
It is an interesting Norman church, built about 1000 years ago at the site where
an ancient Greek temple had been built. You will not have to worry about
entrance cost since it is free.
historic centre of Agrigento (Girgenti) in itself deserves a tour. It is
perched on the Girgenti Hills, a spot chosen for defensive and its proximity to
the new port, making it quite favourable to trade. Walking in this ancient
centre allows you t explore the piazzas, maze of tiny alleys and side-streets
of the old town. The tour begins at the Church of San Calogero, which is
located at the corner of Viale della Vittoria, a magnificent vista. You will
then proceed to the Via Antenea, the main street and the Porta di Ponte. In
case you wish to shop some souvenirs to remind you of your memorable trip to
Agrigento, Via Antenea is the place to do so. The street is lined with old
palaces, shops and shopping halls on either side.
ahead, the Monastero di Santo Spirito and the abbey Church beckon you to have a
peep in their art. They are a splendid example of prototype Chiaramonte and
medieval art in Sicily. They form the most intriguing monument of the
historical centre of Agrigento. The generous nuns at this place offer couscous
and sugary sweets as well as almond macaroon, which they prepare according to
the ancient recipes. Do not miss to taste them because you will never find them
anywhere else in the world; the ancient recipes used to make them are kept a
secret and jealously preserved.
exciting place to go is the Pirandello’s house museum. A visit to Luigi
Pirandello’s birthplace starts at his House. It was greatly restored after the
war and has been converted into a museum, displaying relics, paintings, family
photos, manuscripts, theatrical images and editions of theatrical novels and
works. From the house you will take a short path leading to the ‘rough stone’
that contains his ashes, as you admire the unique view on the ‘’African Sea’’.
A visit to
Agrigento will most definitely expose you to ancient history. By visiting all
the exciting places in this amazing city, you will have a life time experience,
and you will notice that it is worth the effort.
Planning the trip
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is a city on the coast of Sicily, Italy. The city is popular as an attraction
site of the ancient Greek town of Akragas, one of the leading cities during the
golden era of ancient Greece. It is founded on a plateau adjacent to the sea
with Rivers Akragas and Hypsas nearby. On its north is a ridge which offers a
degree of natural fortification. Agrigento is a main tourist centre thanks to
its exceptionally rich archaeological legacy.
are on a two-day visit to this wonderful city, you will definitely not lack
something to do or see. You need to generate a precise plan to follow for you
to pay a trip to the multiple fascinating sites in the city, or else you will
surely be beaten by time.
The First day
first day, you will be quite unfamiliar with the city. You will therefore need
to know each corner of the town, places to visit, how to get there and any
other relevant information that will be useful in your adventure. Helpful
information can be obtained from the tourist information offices on Piazza
Marconi close to the railway station or in the city centre on Piazzale Aldo
Moro. There also exists general tourist information at the parking lot found at
the Valley of the Temples archaeological site.
How to arrive
to Agrigento is quite easy for the locals but foreigners need to extensively
plan for this trip. In case you are a visitor to Italy and you wish to pay a
visit to this great place, you will need to select most suitable of the various
airports that are connected to Agrigento. The town does not have its own
airport but the nearest include International Airport Palermo, Pantelleria
Airport, international Airport Cantania-Fontanarossa and International Airport
Trapani-Birgi. Once you are at the airport the preferable solution is to hire a
taxi or a car to get to Agrigento.
the most common transport modes to and from Agrigento. The place is quite a
distance from other towns which calls for the use of efficient trains from
Palermo and Caltanissetta. The journey by train will take about 3 hours and you
will have the opportunity to see the countryside as you maneuver through the
The coach is the perfect substitute to the trains, where you travel
faster and more comfortable. Sitting on the top of the speeding double-decker
coach is an experience you will not easily forget. Using a bus makes your
journey easier. Agrigento has a superb bus network to Catania, Palermo,
Sciacca, Caltanissetta and Gela. Regular city buses run from the train station, stop at the
Archaeological Museum then slightly further downhill to the major entrance of
the Valley of Temples.
If you want
to enjoy the sea then you will need to travel by boat. There is daily transport
by boats in the summer but limited boat activity during the winter. Porto
Empedocle, Agrigento’s port is situated 3 km away from the town. The boats and
hydrofoils at this port lead to Pelagie, Lampedusa and Linosa islands. Getting
around Agrigento will require you to hire a car or a scooter. They are the
mostly used local transportation modes. Most streets in the town are quite wide
and vey high while others are more narrow and curved. These scooters find their
way around quite easily. The landscape is not flat thus the use of bicycles is
extremely limited. The medieval streets and the town centre can be reached from
the train station by foot, though it could get quite hot during the summer
There are a
variety of restaurants close to the historic center. Preferably, you may visit the
Concordia, off Atenea for good fish dishes and pastas. In case you want to
taste a splurge, you may get it at the Villa Athena whenever they are serving
on the terrace. Along with the excellent foods, you will have a spectacular
view of the temples. Since you are staying in Agrigento for two days, you will
probably need to spend the night. There are various inexpensive bases suitable
for exploring the area.
Places to visit
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Are you planning your next holidays and looking for a place that can be both beautiful, fun and interesting? Then keep on reading this article because we have the perfect destination for you and whoever else you might be travelling with.
Italy has always been one of the most loved and popular holiday destinations: cities like Rome and Venice or the beautiful sea in Sardinia attract millions of tourists every year, but if you would like to visit a less known but gorgeous area of the country, Agrigento is the right place to go to.
Agrigento is a city located in Sicily, one of the many beautiful regions of Italy. Saying there are countless places to visit there isn't an overstatement, that is why I'm going to tell you about some of them.
Without any doubt, the best place you could possibly visit in Agrigento is the Valley of the Temples, the main reason why more and more tourists are deciding to visit this gorgeous area of Italy every year. In fact, in this archaeological site you will be able to visit six different temples as well as the Olympeion field and see some other remainings.
Most of the temples are still in really good conditions. Therefore, we strongly suggest you to visit the Temple of Juno Lacinia, the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Heracles. The first one which was built in 450 BC has a very visibile doric style. Although it's not known when the Temple of Concordia was built, it is considered to be one of the best examples of Greek Temples thanks to the fact it's pretty much intact and all the columns are still up. Last, but not least, the Temple of Heracles, which was built in the 6th century BC, will impact you despite the fact the roof is missing and there are only some columns still up.
Another place most tourists like to visit while in Agrigento is the Kolymbetra Garden, inside the Valley of the Temples, which will make you enjoy a beautiful walk through some of the many autochthonous plants of the area. Closeby the valley, you can also visit the regional archaeological museum: definitely one of the places you must not miss. Located inside the beautiful San Nicola monastery, this museum offers its visitors the chance to see statues from a few years before Christ as well as vases and other items from the same period.
Agrigento is plenty of very beautiful monuments all around the city, though. Thus, an additional must-see is its citycenter area with the nightlife of Via Atenea and its shops, bars and restaurants and some more historical beauties such as the Cathedral and the Santa Maria dei Greci church or, for a perfect tan, the beaches of San Leone or Scala dei Turchi, with their turquoise sea.
Now that you have found out about some of the highlights of Agrigento, all you need is a great place to stay in, and that is, without a doubt, the B&B Atenea 191. The rooms can accommodate from one to five people, they all are wide and bright, have balconies and are equipped both with TVs and air conditioning. Also, they all have their own priv
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The town of Agrigento is Sicily is famous for its mild, sunny weather year round and for the early spring Festival of the Almond Trees.
Nearby archaeological area Valley of the Temples is part of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list due to the beauty of the surviving Greek and Roman temples. This delightful B&B is nestled within the rolling hills and magnificent Mediterranean seascapes typical of the coast of Agrigento.
The B&B Atenea 191 offers up to 5 en suite rooms in a beautiful old building. All en suite rooms are bright, airy and some of the rooms look out at sea. All are equipped with air conditioning and TVs, while free WiFi is available throughout the common areas. Differently able guests and young families can gain easy access to all rooms thanks to the presence of a lift. Guests can also book a suite with separate lounge area and a large terrace. Basic continental breakfast is included in the room rate, but breakfast options to suit special diets and special occasions (like the Mediterranean and Gluten-Free breakfast options) can be arranged for a 5,- Euro fee. Children under 2 stay for free, and those aged 2 to 11 years enjoy a 50% discount.
More information at: www.atenea191.com
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Aptly named B&B ATENEA 191 because of its location along Atenea’s street 191, which is Agrigento's main commercial street, this bed and breakfast offers its customers a quiet, rustic paradise for a relaxing break.
You can select from rooms that have double beds, twin beds and more from a total of seven rooms that can accommodate one to five people. Each room offers facilities like an attached bathroom, a television and a balcony with the option of sea or main street view.
B&B ATENEA 191 is located in Agrigento, which is a city in Sicily’s southern coast. Famed as the site of Akragas, a former leading Greek city during ancient Greece’s golden era, understandably, Agrigento’s key attraction is Valle dei Templi or “Valley of the Temples.” Though called the valley, the temples, which depict a Doric architectural style are actually located along a ridge.
A few of the must visit temples are the Temple of Heracles and Temple of Concordia. For archaelogical findings that date back to prehistoric days up to Roman times in Caltanissetta and Agrigento provinces, drop by at Museo Archeologico Regionale. The Cathedral, which features a massive bell tower with an ornate balcony is another place worth visiting for its amazing architectural style.
For appreciating the original Gothic ogival doorway with a rose window not to mention exclusive traditional sweets that are made by the nuns at the adjoining convent, drop by at Santo Spirito. Don’t miss sampling the convent's version of the North African dish, couscous. Honey, almond, pistachios, chocolates and other items are used to make this sweet couscous based on a secret recipe using traditional methods.
There are also curly almond biscuits, dried fig buccellato, pistachio bucellato and shell-shaped cookies. Make a journey a bit further from Agrigento to Realmonte’s coast to visit Scala dei Tarchi or “Stair of the Turks.” To gain access to this rocky white cliff, you need to climb the naturally fashioned limestone staircase.
More informations: www.atenea191.com
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The Reggis Saracena Holiday Farm, is an enchanted place, set in the green and in a perfect mediterranean style, where to spend holidays all year around, thanks to the mild climate of Agrigento, the “most beautiful town of the mortals” as defined by the ancient-greek poet Pindaro to witness the radiance and of the power of his Valle dei Templi, which continues still today to represent one of the most fascinating witnesses of the Hellenistic period.
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Tempio di Giunone
The Temple of Juno in Agrigento, Sicily, dating back to 450 BC, was used by the Greeks to celebrate weddings.This beautiful monument, located in the upper part of the ancient city is absolutely worth seeing.
Tempio della Concordia
The Temple of Concord, built around 440-430 BC, is located in the Temples Valley in Agrigento, Sicily, and, with its elegant symmetry, is a true masterpiece of ancient Greek art.
Tempio di Ercole
Agrigento is full of history and beautiful temples, one of these is the Temple of Hercules,built in the eleventh century BC. It's a beautiful monument worth visiting in this interesting city of Sicily.
Santuario della Divinità Ctonie
This sanctuary is a rich archaeological area, full of ruins and remains of temples and altars dedicated to the goddesses Demeter and Persephone. It is the ideal place for those who love history and mythology.
Tempio di Castore e Polluce
The Temple of Castor and Pollux, built in the sixth century BC, is located in the heart of the Shrine of chthonic deities, and is considered an important symbol of the city of Agrigento,Sicily. It is well worth visiting.
Tempio di Zeus Olimpio
Agrigento is a city rich in ancient temples and one of these is the Temple of Olympian Zeus, built to celebrate the defeat of Carthage in 480 BC. Today only the ruins are left,but they are filled with history and meaning.
The daily way of life of ancient times can be understood by walking through the Hellenistic-Roman Quarter in the heart of ancient Akragas, now called Agrigento,in Sicily.
Duomo di Agrigento
The cathedral in Agrigento, Sicily, is a Christian church built around the year 1000 and several times amended and rebuilt. Its present form dates back to the twelfth century, and reflects the grandeur and importance of the building.
Valle dei Templi
It is the most famous archaeological site in Agrigento housing part of the best preserved Ancient Greek ruins in the globe, more so outside Greece. This may be attributed to the fact that Agrigento had been colonised by Greek since 6th century BC. It is among the most exceptional examples of Greater Greece architecture and art, and is also among the main attractions of Agrigento.
Tomba di Terone
The Valley of the Temples is home to the so-called Tomb of Theron, a tuff monument of considerable size with a pyramid shape. It is expected erected to remember the fallen of the Second Punic War.
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