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Spectacular Agrigento, Sicily
The Spectacular Ruins of Agrigento, Sicily

Agrigento

Cities and Towns in Sicily

The crowning glory of western Sicily is the concentration of Greek temples at Agrigento, on a height between the modern city and the sea known as the Valle Dei Tempi  - Valley of Temples.  


Built on a broad open field that slopes gently to the sun-simmered Mediterranean, Akragas (ancient Agrigento's Greek name) was a showpiece  of temples erected to flaunt a citory over Carthage.  Despite a later sack by the Carthaginians, mishandling by tthe Romans, and neglect by the Christians and Muslims, the eight or so monuments in the Valley dei Tempi are considered to be, along with the Acropolis in Athens the finest Greek ruins in all the world.  

Whether you first come to the Valle dei Tempi at Agrigento in the early morning light, or bathed by the golden floodlights at night, it's easy to see why Akragas was celebrated by the Greek poet Pindar as "the most beautiful city built by mortal men". 

 

 

 

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Agrigento day trip

Agrigento tourLocated on a plateau overlooking Sicily's southern coast, Agrigento was founded as Akragas around 582 BC by a group of colonists from Gela, who themselves were the immediate descendants of Greeks from Rhodes and Crete. The area was inhabited much earlier; a female skull (that of the "girl of Mandrascava") found near Cannatello is half a million years old.

 

Sicilian secrets - Sicily & Malta - 8 days/7 nights

This is a wonderful option for those who want to experience Sicily and Malta in comfort and style. This tour will take you around a number of cities in Sicily that are worth visiting, including the magnificent Malta and it's unforgettable beaches. Worries about accommodation and transfers are taken away from you as these are also taken care of. Only thing you'll have to worry about is to relax, soak in the southern beauty, and enjoy!

 

The Best of Sicily from Palermo

This small group tour of Sicily begins in Palermo on Sicily's Western Coast and ends in the beautiful hill-top town of Taormina on the east-west coast. It's nearly a full circle tour of the entire island of Sicily and includes some of the region's most beautiful and historic towns including Agrigento, Noto, Erice, Monreale and many others.

 

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