Arigento, as well as Siracusa and many other towns were once part of Greece. Those were very rich colonies, and important as wheat production was highly intensive and Sicily itself was considered the main producing area in Mediterranean.
At the end, this fact resulted in a reason to be the centre of fights and wars, involving the young Roman Empire and the Phaenician centre on Northern Tunisia (Cartago). Sicily ended up as a part of the Roman Enpire (and it still is... ;))
Nobody was able tov identify the real deity to which this temple was dedicated, so they call it "Tempio della Concordia". Very well preserevd, I beleive this is considered the best preserved Greek temple, including Greece mainland. The style to which this temples are making reference is one of the eldest, the so-called "dorico".
The real great thing in Agrigento is to visit the "Valle dei Tempi". This is a group of Greek temples, built when that part of Sicily was a Greek colony (before Romes was even fiunded, i.e. somewhere earlier than ten centuries before Christ).
No real need for going to Athens. If you want to see ancient temples built by the Romans or Greeks, just come to Agrigento, Italy.
Very similar temples you see in Athens, you can also see in Agrigento, Italy (Sicily).
They look like those temples around the Acropolis. Built by the ancient Greek-Roman empire. These temples are located at the valley of the temples between Agrigento and St Leone.
The Museum (Museo Archeologico Regionale), established in the monumental area of the bouleuterion and ekklesiasterion, on the hillock of San Nicola, and incorporating part of the convent adjoining the church of the same name, is one of the foremost archaeological museums in Sicily. The material is arranged chronologically and divided into two main sectors, once concerning Agrigento and its territory and the other concerning part of the archaeological sites of the provinces of Caltanissetta and Gela, which have their own museums.
Melanzane al forno (baked aubergines)
Aubergines 6, garlic 3 or 4 cloves, parsley, olive oil, salt, pepper.
Make some holes on the whole aubergines and place garlic in them (divide garlic in two).
Bake and when ready, peel and cube them. Dress in a bowl with plenty of olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper.
Try to have a night in Selinunte/Marinella but at least plan to get some hours there as there is so much to see. It is a superb area of Greek remains. On a lovely day in february I only saw about 20 people in the whole area and the wild flowers were wonderful to see and smell.
I htink it was the extent and sense of freedom which gave it much of its appeal. the acropolis area has several ruined temples and sites of streets and houses and the other area includes one brilliantly restored temple and if its naff to enjoy anything restored then I enjoyed being naff. So what?
The ruins of the Temple of Herakles stand high on the lower spurs of the Hill of the temple. It was dedicated to the legendary hero (the roman Hercules).
many grinded steps and paths..
Agrigento is a place of birth for Pirandello and phylosopher Empedocle.
Temple of Giunone,built around 450 BC, is still intact. Its style has been compared to that of the temples at Paestum, near Salerno.
The Temple of Concordia, built around 440 BC, is the one in best condition, and at night the illuminated temple is a sight to behold.