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Agrigento, Province of Agrigento, Sicilia

Agrigento (formerly Girgenti) is a very ancient town founded when the Greeks landed in Sicily to start the civilisation of Magna Graecia.
The remains include some temples, in strategic position on the peak of several hills around the town, dominating the valley (famous as the Valle dei Templi). The valley is known for the springtime event where the scent of orange flowers (locally called zagare) spreads all over.

Info

  • Altitude: 230 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 55,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 92100
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0922
  • Patron Saint: St. Gerlando, celebrated on 25 February
  • Frazioni & Localities: San Leone.

History

Agrigentum was an ancient Greek city on the island Sicily, also known Acragas or Akragas. The city was built on a cliff on the south-coast of Sicily, surrounded by two rivers (the Hypsas and the Akragas). This position meant that the city was easy to defend in times of war. The remains of the ancient city, such as the temple of the Concordia, the temple of Zeus (or Olympaeon), the temple of Heracles and "Juno Lacinia", are all dated back to the 5th century BC. Especially the temple of Concordia is one of the finest examples of Greek Classicism.

What to see

  • Valle dei Templi
  • The Museo Archeologico Regionale
  • Casa di Pirandello
  • Chiesa di San Calogero
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci

Where to stay