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Why Visit Agrigento, Italy

Beautifully placed in southern Sicily, hilly Agrigento is among the most popular destinations in this part of Italy.

Among the major reasons why travelers choose to come to Agrigento is because of the well-preserved ancient Greek temples, located nearby. As interesting as it may be, Sicily is noted for having better conserved examples of centuries-old Greek architectural legacy than Greece does!

The number one “must-see” place to put on your Agrigento itinerary is the famous Valley of the Temples. Placed right on the city outskirts is this UNESCO-listed archaeological site (among the biggest ones on our planet), stretching for more than 1300 hectares. Here in present-day Valle dei Templi once stood the ancient town of Akragas which was a Greek colony. Its historic heritage can be experienced by exploring the seven Doric temples which have been there since 430-510 BC! Of course, some of them are partially in ruins, yet the Temple of Juno, Temple of Heracles, and the absolutely stunning Temple of Concordia are surely worth being seen.

Another location to definitely include in your Agrigento tour plans are the so-called Stairs of the Turks. The Scala dei Turchi cliffs are an immediately appealing attraction in Sicily. These one-of-a-kind limestone chalk-like steps were formed naturally by wind and waves, and are simply perfect for enjoying scenic views of the sea and snapping beautiful pictures. Furthermore, the location has marl mud, this light-colored mud is said to have properties which are beneficial for your skin and health.

Did we mention that Agrigento is one of the oldest towns in Sicily? While exploring the city itself, stop by major sights, including the San Gerlando Cathedral, and check out the local Archaeological Museum. Plus, treat yourself to delicious pecorino ice-cream, this tasty local specialty made of ricotta will certainly highlight your Agrigento journey.

Best Things to Do in Agrigento, Italy

  • Traverse the historic Valley of the Temples and enjoy the well-preserved Temple of Concord
  • Stroll the old town of Agrigento called Girgenti
  • Taste traditional Agrigento food such as arancine rice balls and as a dessert, pistachio cannoli
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