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Historical Centre

A half-day walking tour through the densely-layered historical centre of Agrigento. Explore the maze of tiny alleys, piazzas and side-streets, see the Norman Duomo of Saint Gerlando, the Church of Santa Maria dei Greci built on the steps of a Greek temple and the Church and Convent of Santo Spirito where you can taste almond sweets made by the local Cistercian cloister nuns.

Blooming Almond Tree Day

Agrigento is a town (55.000 in.) situated on an hill very close
to the southern coast of Sicily. In 581 B.C., a group of Greek, coming from Gela, founded a new town, near the sea and between two rivers, they called their town Akragas. This town rapidly became
larger and more important thanks to an intense participation in politic and literary life. Indeed Akragas may be said to be the cradle of a large number of artists and famous men: the philosopher Empedocle is the most famous among them. Akgragas fought longer against Carthago and Syracuse. In 210 B.C. after a long struggle, the Romans conquered the city, which was re-called Agrigentum.
Later in 806 A.C. the Arabs invaded Agrigentum, transferred the
town on the hilltop (more efensible) not far from the sea and called it Kerkent. After 1086 A.C. the following invaders were the Normans, the Swabians, the Spaniards and at last the Borbons
(1743). Till today it is possible to see the traces of every domination in the whole town. The wonderful doric monuments, the cobalt-blue sky, the salubrious climate at the peerless view make Agrigento a desirable place were a long stay is delightful. In february the almond-trees in flower give the Temples valley a special glamour and an unusual charm. It is very interesting to attend the International Folklore festival.

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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2008 at 1:27 AM

    really excellent and useful tips you have on your page there.

  • Rusket's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2006 at 1:05 PM

    Nice tips, thank you for sharing :-)

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2005 at 4:54 AM

    Buona sera Rosalba (evening here downunder). Vostra pagini di Agrigento e molto interessanto. Forgive mio meno poco Italiano. I found the info about Luigi Pirandello to be especially fascinating so grazie mille & ciao, ciao.

  • tpal's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2004 at 7:14 AM

    Rosalba, you present your tips beautifully. My visit to Agrigento was obviously too short. The history you offer gives perspective to your journey. Thank you . . . Tom

  • janika's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2004 at 8:01 AM

    I really like your commentary on the historical significance of the different temples. We always learn from one another, don't we?! :) Check out my AG page... Cheers from Canada.

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2004 at 4:40 AM

    Now we've been! So now I can say this is the best Agrigento page I've seen on VT (as I like the city and not just the temples).

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2003 at 7:46 AM

    Great page! Sicilia is one of the place in the world I absolutely want to visit. The history fascinates me, with all the people that occupied it, from greeks, roman, normands....!!!

  • Sep 2, 2003 at 5:56 AM

    Nice page...awaiting more..

  • nicolettart's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2003 at 5:17 AM

    Bella pagina--I will begin my research on Sicily on your pages, Rosalba!

  • guell's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2003 at 8:37 AM

    The Regional Archaeological Museum is reason alone to visit this fantastic place!


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