Prepare your self for heat.
It is very hot in sicily around and during summer time. We spent a lot of time in the shade eating icecream and hanging out on the beach. It's very interesting how Agrigento is not only Agrigento but many small islands in the sea also belong to Agrigento. These islands are Linosa. Population is about 400 souls. Mainly volcanic ash and maroon rocks. Lambadusa. Lambadusa is one of those undiscovered paradises on earth not crowded with tourists, yet beautiful and interesting. To get there: Take the ferry from Agrigento Porto Empedocle. The ride is about 8 hours and the ship stops at Linosa on the way. Lambadusa is about 80-Kms from Tunis / Africa.
Getting to the "duomo" is a tiresome but fascinating affair. You have to climb some stairs, turn a corner, then more stairs, turn a corner and more stairs, and so on for a good while, leaving you exhausted once you reach the top of the hill, but also feeling good that you made it. The ascent is via some of the poorer quarters of Agrigento and you walk up these stairs amongst scooters parked in the most amazing way, old ladies studying you, stray cats and playing children, feeling almost like an intruder. But they've seen it all before and it is certainly the poorest area I have ever walked in and yet felt completely safe. You are rewarded with views like the one on my intro page on the way up but I have to say that I felt "is this it" once I got there. It is not Sicily's most beautiful or biggest cathedral by any means even if that's not what I expected either. Nevertheless, it is worth seeing, and whilst you are up there, take time to see the rolling countryside from its main steps (picture).
Agrigento is not a flat town, moreover, it's quite curved. main streets out of the old town are large and nice, but many people use scooters or motos to go,as there are many cars on the road and with scooter or moto you'll reach the destination much faster. DO I need to mention that driving is chaotic? Going to the old town scooter or moto for sure is much better option than a car.
Here are all my other photos of this amazing place, starting with yet another of the impressive Concordia temple...!
...which looks like this when you first approach it.
Between the temples and facing the sea are parts of the old city wall.
Then comes the Juno temple up on its hill...
...which looks like this a bit closer up.
From Hercules' temple you have a great view back towards Agrigento.
But this is what Hercules' temple looks like from the main road.
On the other side of the main road is the other archaeological area with Jupiter's temple and with these dig outs further west. If you click on this, you will be able to make out one of Sicily's most photographed monuments: the Castor and Pollux temple. These days known to be wrongly named as Castor and Pollux' temple was probably the one called Juno's today. Confusing? Nah, just new information in this constantly active archaeological site.