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Agrigento

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Agrigento is a medium-sized city on the south coast of Sicily, Italy, famous for its Greek Valley of Temples.

Get in[edit]

Temple of Concord, Agrigento

By train[edit]

Frequent trains run from the station near the centre of town to Palermo and Caltanissetta, less frequently to Enna (but not that useful - the station in Enna is about 5km below the town). The journey to/from Palermo takes 2 hours and costs €7.45. Connecting with the east of Sicily by train is not easy, and takes a long time. There is a daily train to Catania that leave at 9.35 am and takes just over 4 hours.

The train station is at Piazza Marconi, on the southeast corner of the old town.

By bus[edit]

Frequent buses run to Palermo, Caltanissetta, Catania, Sciacca and close(ish) to Eraclea Minoa. A few also run to Gela and Trapani via Mazara del Vallo, Marsala and Castelvetrano (for Selinunte).

By Boat[edit]

There are daily boats and hydrofoils in summer (fewer boats and no hydrofoils in winter) from Agrigento's port 3km away - Porto Empedocle to the islands of Lampedusa and Linosa. See SIREMAR [13] and Ustica Lines [14]. There are frequent local buses from Porto Empedocle into Agrigento.

Get around[edit]

On foot[edit]

The town centre and its medieval streets can easily be reached on foot from the train station.

By bus[edit]

Frequent city buses run from the main bus station and also outside the train station timetable, stopping at the Archeological Museum and slightly further downhill, the main entrance of the Valle dei Templi. Buses 1, 2 and 3 all head down to the temples but you must buy your ticket before boarding from the bar inside the station (€1.20 for the 5-10 minute ride) and validate it once on board the bus. You could also walk, but it can get very hot in summer.

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The Valley of Temples[edit]

Temple of Herakles (Ercole), Agrigento

The Valley of Temples [15] is an archaeological area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It stretches along a ridge to the south of the city are a string of five Greek temples, a sight worthy of comparison to the Acropolis itself in Athens. The temples are usually divided into two zones: the Eastern Zone and Western Zone each side of the main entrance and the road from the city centre. It can get punishingly hot in summer and there is little shade other than some olive trees along the ridge itself. Entrance costs €12 plus extra for an audio tour (€5) or a simple map (€1,20) (October 2018). Note that the entrance is free on the first Sunday of a month but the waiting time can be much longer.

  • The first temple east of the entrance is the Tempio di Ercole or Temple of Hercules - long, thin and about 1/3 standing. It is the oldest of the temples, built towards the end of the 6th century BC. Next to it are some interesting deep ruts formed by ancient carriages.
  • Next heading east is the large Tempio della Concordia or Temple of Concord - a very impressive almost complete structure built around 440-450 BC.
  • The track the continues above small cliffs at the edge of the ridge to the Tempio di Giunone or Temple of Juno. Partially ruined, it offers a great spot to look back down the ridge to the other temples.
  • To the west of the main entrance is the massive Tempio di Giove or Temple of Jupiter which was never completed and is now in ruins with little structure visible. Most notable is one of the huge stone statues now lying on the ground.
  • Behind this is the small ruined Tempio dei Dioscuri or Tempio di Castore e Polluce (Temple of Castor and Pollux).
  • Beyond the main temple site is the small, but interesting Tomba di Terone.
  • Garden of the Kolymbetra within the Valley of the Temples and not far from the temple of the Dioscuri.

To put all these sights in context, it is well worth visiting the Archeological Museum (half way back into the city centre) and the adjacent Roman Quarter (with a few nice mosaics). Daily guided tours of the Valley of the Temples can be hired from Visit Agrigento [16] though an audio tour is available at the entrance to the temples. (Some ID is required as security for these, which means walking back the entire length of the site just to give the guide back).

To get to the valley of the temples by public transport, take bus 1, 2 or 3 from the square outside the train station. You can bus tickets from the bar in the station.

Archaeological Museum and classical period living quarters[edit]

  • Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Regionale Pietro Griffo), Contrada San Nicola 12, +39 092 240 1565 (), [1]. The Museum is about half way from the station to the Valley of the Temples and contains numerous artifacts taken from the site. It is purposely built to accommodate a huge telamon, reconstructed from pieces. The residential quarters are on the other side of the road. You can get a ticket for both the Valley of the Temples and the museum..  edit

Old Agrigento[edit]

Agrigento old town

The old centre of Agrigento is also worth a visit.

  • Via Atena has a range of small shops and throngs with locals during the evening passeggiata.
  • The large cathedral is uphill in the northwestern corner of the town center on Via Duomo. Built around 1000 AD it has since been altered several times but today offers grand views across the valley. The cathedral is closed from 12-4PM.
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci, Salita Santa Maria dei Greci. An interesting Norman church built some 1000 years ago on the site of a an ancient Greek temple. Free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • AgrigentoExperience (Guided Tours of Agrigento), +39 349 40 66 291 (), [2]. Guided tours through the main attractions of the city, with personalized itineraries and a private guide. Discover the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento or the historical center of the city with walking routes, savoring the flavors of traditional Sicilian cuisine.  edit
  • Beaches of Agrigento. Sandy beaches of Agrigento prolongates the miles to the east and west from Marina di Licata.  edit

Events[edit]

A visit at the time of Almond Blossom Festival (Festa del Mandorlo in Fiore) towards the end of February is to be commended.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Dori e Sapori di Sicilia, Via Passeggiata Archeologica, 8, 92100 Agrigento, +39 092 229 045. Restaurant  edit
  • Gustissimo, Via Imera, 225, 92100 Agrigento, +39 092 259 4591. Pizza restaurant  edit
  • Kalos, Salita Filino, 1, 92100 Agrigento, +39 092 226 389, [3]. Open Tu-Su 12:30-15:00 and 19:00-23:00. Restaurant  edit
  • La Tana del lupo, Via XXV Aprile, 31, 92100 Agrigento, +39 092 226 334, [4]. Open every day 19:00-24:00. Pizza restaurant  edit
  • Leon d'Oro Vittorio, Viale Emporium, 102, 92100 San Leone AG, +39 347 665 4394. Restaurant  edit
  • Mediterranea, Via Farag, 1, 92100 Agrigento, +39 092 241 6553. Pizza Restaurant  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Doric Bar, 92100 Agrigento, +39 340 140 4621. Bar  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Belvedere, (Via San Vito 20, 92100 Agrigento), +39 092 220 051 (), [5]. Up some steps around the corner from the station. Large & plain, but cheap and friendly.  edit
  • Le Cinque Novelle, Via Amendola 24 (Located in historical center, with a very good comments on the web, next to the main street with free parking, 2 km from the Valley of the Temples), +39 092 220 232 - +39 320 314 6111 (, fax: +39 092 208 0325), [6]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:30. B&B  edit
  • Oceano&Mare, Via Caterina D'Altavilla 35 (In San Leone, 200m from the sea and 4 from the Valley of the Temples), +39 092 241 3041 (, fax: +39 092 241 3041), [7]. B&B  edit
  • Villa Nicoletta, Via Rosmunda 16, 92100 Agrigento (Between Agrigento and San Leone, 2km from the sea), +39 092 241 2632 ().  edit

Middle Range[edit]

  • Agrigento Hotel Villa Holiday, Via Ettore Gabrici N.9, 92100 Agrigento, +39 092 260 6332 (). Small hotel at Agrigento with private car park 2km from the beach 4km from the Valley of the Temples  edit
  • Camere a Sud, via Ficani, 6 (The old town centre off Via Athena.), +39 349 638 4424 (), [8]. Very small, tidy, stylish and modern B&B with nice breakfast served on the roof terrace  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Athena, via Passeggiata Archeologica 33, +39 092 259 6288 (, fax: +39 092 240 2180), [9]. Luxury Villa Hotel is located only 200 meters from the Concordia Temple. It features a big pool, a private garden, a spa and the gourmet restaurant La Terrazza degli Dei, overlooking the Valley of Temples  edit
  • Baglio della Luna, C.da Maddalusa S.S. 640, Km 4, 150, ph, +39 092 251 1061 (, fax: +39 092 259 8802), [10]. The natural elegance of Sicily lives in the fascinating rural setting of Hotel Baglio della Luna, at the doors of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Very expensive  edit
  • Costa Azzurra, Via delle Viole, 2 (San Leone), +39 092 241 1222 (, fax: +39 092 241 4040), [11]. Hotel  edit
  • Dioscuri Bay Palace, L.re Falcone e Borsellino, 1, +39 092 240 6111 (, fax: +39 092 241 1297), [12]. Hotel is set in a very nice bay, on the promenade of San Leone. Hotel allows to admire the historical heart of Agrigento with its "Valle dei Templi". There are 102 rooms, all with balconies over the sea or the hinterland and ideal for businessmen as well as for tourists. Bedrooms are decorated uniformly in soft colors and particular care has been taken for the small decorative details. All rooms are bright and offer modern amenities such as hairdryer, frigo-bar, telephone and TV. Bathrooms are nicely up-to-date equipped and are provided either with bathtub or with shower.  edit

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