Sicily’s most famous ancient Greek site, the Valley of the Temples, is just the beginning of Agrigento’s delights, and well worth the visit.
The city of Luigi Pirandello, an agricultural landscape of rare beauty with the traditional architecture of the ancient farmhouses of Southern Sicily. Agrigento, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily, rises on a plain sheer above the sea.
The Valley of the Temples is situated near the sea and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as an essential archaeological trace from ancient Greek civilisation. Up the hill from the dazzling Valley of the Temples, modern Agrigento is not an immediately appealing prospect. Huge elevated motorways converge on a rugged hilltop centre scarred by brutish tower blocks and riddled with choking traffic. However, hidden behind this depressing outer ring is an attractive medieval kernel with some excellent accommodation and a lively evening buzz.
The seaside locations of Agrigento continue for more than 150 km along the southern coast of Sicily. This coastal strip is perhaps less well known than other more famous, but no less fascinating: from Licata to Menfi you will find beaches, cliffs and bays that are unequalled in any other part of the Mediterranean. Take Scala dei Turchi for example, or the magnificent natural-historical centre of Eraclea Minoa, without forgetting Sciacca, Agrigento and Porto Empedocles which provide connections to the Pelagie Islands.