wandering at night
Little blaconies with clothes haning over narrow streets of low buildings, doors with arches..
Agrigento was founded in 581 A.C. under the name of Akragas, later on dominated by many different nations, from Greeks to Romans, and Arabs.
Temple of Hephasitos (Vulcan)
Just as we did not go out to the "Dioscuri" we did not go even further to this site where 2 columns stood far apart. Since it was lunch time we returned to the car anfd sought out (and found) the Ristorante Vulcano (see restaurant tips). The view of the entire area was outside on the balcony where we ate lunch and along with the farm animals it was for us alone. The Temple is at the edge of the farm related to the restaurant (hence its name). (Another shot with the tip).
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.