Agrigento Travel Information
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Sicily is something of a Mediterranean dream of a holiday destination, with its gorgeous food, great weather and plentiful beaches. So much of the region, though, is much more than that. The Island of Sicily is home to some of the most incredible archaeological sites and remnants of the ancient world. But don’t think of bare, dusty digs and humid cities. Agrigento especially is a place of quite amazing natural beauty, with its almond blossoms, olive groves and lush greenery. A Mediterranean retreat with a difference, a holiday to Agrigento could be just what you’re after this summer.
Like a lot of places in Sicily and Italy, the weather and beaches may be nice, but they’re not what you come to Agrigento for. If you’re up for a bit of culture and you love wandering around some of civilization’s finest remnants, then Agrigento will thrill you. In fact, it can feel more like ancient Greece than anywhere in Italy, especially when you see the staggering Valley of the Temples, which actually is some of the most impressive Greek ruins of the ancient world. Estimated to have been built around 440 BC, it consists of five temples that are preserved UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Also well worth a little sightseeing is the 12th century Duomo – the cathedral of Agrigento, reconstructed several times but still preserving some of its Norman history. If you want to know more about the area’s history, there’s an excellent archaeological museum that houses artefacts from the temples.
It may not be all about the beaches, but once you’ve filled your boots with culture, you’ll certainly need cooling off. The best beaches are San Leone, Scale die Torchy and Torre Salsa, all lovely spots to relax and within easy reach. Make sure you stop for lunch at one of Agrigento’s fantastic local restaurants. The food is usually Sicilian, and as they taking their eating very seriously, you’ll be in for a bit of a culinary treat. The seafood is particularly good, as is the plentiful pasta. Agrigento isn’t a party town, but the Viale Della Vitoria is a good place to head to of an evening for a choice of bars and some decent drinks. Some have amazing views of the Valley of the Temples below, which is spectacular lit up at night.
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