Agrigento Travel Guide

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Agrigento Highlights

  • Pro
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     nice, hot, sunny, close to the sea 

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     Everyone who goes down to look must come back up. 

  • In a nutshell
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     The real Sicily where all cultures meet 

Agrigento Things to Do

  • Luigi Pirandello's Birthplace

    While in Agrigento, be sure to visit the birthplace of Luigi Pirandello, the Nobel Prize-winning Sicilian novelist, short story writer, and dramatist, in neighboring Caos, 4 km from downtown Agrigento. The home, now the Casa Museo Regional Luigi Pirandello, is an 18th century villa standing alone on a hill, amidst olive trees, pines, and oaks,...

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  • Kolymbetra Garden in the Valley of the...

    This is a paradise: the inhabitants had the river bed widened into a pond - probably to store water in case of a draught or a siege. It had been converted into a garden and rescued by the FAI. It is a wonderful place and - important - cool, after the long hot walk between the temples. An additional 2 euro fee keeps the shallow people away. "An...

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  • Temple Valley

    From Agrigento city centre, the valley below looks interesting with its temples, notably the Concordia which is easy to make out. Finally walking towards the Concordia, "interesting" is no longer the word you would use. The temple is huge and in such a good shape it is unbelieavable. To then be able to walk on to the Juno temple and then back to...

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  • Wheel chair in Museo Regionale...

    This is a museum with a very fine collection. In our view it is a bit too much of a good thing. The first parts of the museum seems to us to be modernized and the rooms and displays are spacious; the latter part of the museum is crowded with articles and some of the rooms are worn down. We liked:- the church at the entrance (there was an Italian...

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  • Temple of Heracles

    As for Temple of Heracles a colonnade of 8 columns is all what was left from the sanctuary. It is the earliest of the group in archaic Doric style built in about 500 BC. Its 'cella' was in 2:5 proportion (12 m by 30 m); inner width or 'naos' was more than 11 m. The temple used to have typical stairs but not much is left there.These columns were...

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  • Temple of HERA LACINIA (Juno)

    It is said that temple was erected by hero Lacinius in about 450 BC. Located at the top of the tall cliff dominates the area, it is at the eastern end of the series of Agrigentan sanctuaries; measures are 16,91 m by 38,10 m with 13 side columns. In front of the base you can still see traces of large sacrificial altar which is east of temple but not...

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Agrigento Restaurants

  • Icecream is a must!

    You have to try Italian ice cream! They have so many flavors and sizes and colors and all that I had a hard time selecting what I want when I was there the last time, in 2000 / September. You also have to eat sea food. Agrigento is located right at the Mediterranian sea and you can eat fresh sea food all over in Agrigento. Your best bet is to take...

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  • Seafood and fish.....!

    We were in agrigento for just one night. we found the restaurant on a restaurant directory and... hey! It was really ok!Don't miss seafood and the desserts.....Closes on mondays. All good, but an unforgettable "cassata siciliana" ended our meal...

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  • In Ancient Agrigento

    This restaurant adjacent to the Valley of Temples offers traditional Sicilian cuisine in the comfort of a beautiful villa surrounded by lush green gardens. The local dish Involtate Siciliana is served here, dumplings of sliced veal filled with hearty local cheeses.

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Agrigento Nightlife

  • AGRIGENTINIAN NIGHTLIFE & MORE

    agrigento as a touristic place is full of nice places where everyone could enjoy himself.....in summer young people use to go to SANLEONE ,the twin summer town of AGRIGENTO...(IT'S ABOUT 2 KM FAR FROM CENTER)sanleone is full of pubs,discos near the beach...in agrigento you can find some fashonable restaurants and pubs at " viale della...

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  • AGRIGENTINIAN NIGHTLIFE & MORE

    agrigento as a touristic place is full of nice places where everyone could enjoy himself.....in summer young people use to go to SANLEONE ,the twin summer town of AGRIGENTO...(IT'S ABOUT 2 KM FAR FROM CENTER)sanleone is full of pubs,discos near the beach...in agrigento you can find some fashonable restaurants and pubs at " viale della...

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  • Meeting the Sicilians

    Viale Della Vittoria is the upper road east from the central station. Here you find several bars which are nice for "people watching" in the evening as this is where everyone meets. You also get a nice view of the illuminated temple valley in the distance below. Anything, although as I've said before, the locals always dress up a bit in the...

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Agrigento Transportation

  • Bus to the Valley of the Temples

    Bus nr. 1, 2 and 3 go from the train station (also from the bus station) to the  Valley of the Temples and the Archeological Museum, entrance fee for both € 1 (10+1 for the Igor Mitorage exhibition until november), € 1 if you are over 65). Buy the bus ticket, € 1,10 at a little foodstall next to the bus stop (and the return ticket as well).

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  • Use the train and boat system

    No matter where you are approaching Agrigento from, the best way to go there is by train. The train system is very well organized and efficient. This generally applies to all over Europe. No airport in or Around Agrigento so you have to fly to Palermo and take the Bus or train from Palermo to Agrigento. To approach the smaller islands from...

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  • Airports and organisation of ...

    Again, it's Sicily here! My plane arrived in time to the airport of Catania, but my luggage arrived 40 (!!!) minutes later, their excuse was "we are sorry, we are having small technical problems.." I wonder was that problem a fact that people carrying bags from the plane decided to do a break for a smoke or for a snack...who knows...but else, how...

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Agrigento Shopping

  • Sun, good grape and good wine

    Sicily is a land of sun, agriculture, fruits and vegetables. You will find nice cheeses, salami and wines! Especially strong wines, around 12-14°.

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  • You can't miss the big flea market!

    Every Friday there is a big flea market going on in Agrigento. You can't miss it because in the morning everybody is heading there. I do not recommend buying jewelry on the market (Mercato) You can find many jewelry stores in Agrigento, especially on the main street in downtown. The main walking street in Agrigento is called: Via Tenea. In the...

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Agrigento Local Customs

  • temperament (?) of locals. A reflection.

    I don't get it. I've got only one thing that most of people in sicily are really different in mentality from continental part. Actually, I've even got a question in me head, where do you draw a line between being "temperamental" and being rude? being "hot" and having no manners? expressing your emotions suddenly and shouting? I've seen many...

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  • Saint Calogero - religious traditional...

    San Gerlando is a patron of the city, nevertheless, the most popular and celebrated fiest in Agrigento belongs to San Calogero, which is very respected here by religious people. Religiousity is quite strong in SIcily, but in these days more among older people rather than young ones. This celebration is really something to see. It's happening on the...

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  • San Calogero - continue

    this religious celebration has deep roots in Agrigento,.it used to be very wide-spread among agriculture workers and middle class "simple people". Apart procession of carrying saint, exchanging wishes and offerings, horses, there were present also drums. If you are around Agrigento in this period don't miss the celebration. In sicily every city has...

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Agrigento Warnings and Dangers

  • Bridge out SS115 Agrigento - Selinute...

    The road between Agrigento and Selinute was out due to the bridge collapsing near Ribera c 9 Feb 2013. We had to go back to Palermo or take a detour over secondary roads (3 hrs). Check locally while touring or planning.

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  • Parking fines!!!

    Make sure you go to the effort of parking in the designated parking areas and NOT on the side of the road even if lots of people are doing it. The police monitor the area and will not miss the opportunity to give you a parking fine (all in italian small print of course). The fine I got was 30 euros but as I had no idea where to pay it, or anyone to...

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  • side roads and main roads

    I saw that sign on the fence behind small restaurant and it looked like a good joke. Sicilian people were mostly friendly and helpful and the country felt all the time safe in general. OK, you'd probably not want to leave your car parked everywhere in the night with all your belongings... after all we're dealing with large population where not...

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Agrigento Tourist Traps

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    by Sjalen Updated Jun 3, 2004

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    Well...the wonderful valley of the temples is what people come to Agrigento for (and miss the Sicilian city). When we were there it was fine but I am sure it can feel crowded at times when hoardes of coach tourists arrive. Otherwise, the main tourist trap of it is that the parking lot is full of people selling all sorts from sun hats to books to cheap African jewellery.

    Unique Suggestions: Oh, as a tourist trap it's perfectly bearable.

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Agrigento Off The Beaten Path

  • Museum of ancient arts

    .If you go to the Valley of Temples, don't forget the see the museums right across the road. Actually they have multiple museums and most of the art and remains you see there came from the temples area. They have an indoor and one outdoor section for the bigger statues. You will see coffins made of stone and huge stone giants. There is also a...

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  • trully different roads

    We had a drive from Eraclea Minoa pass Cattolica Eraclea towards the little town of Raffadali. We took that road because we thought we'll find a shortcut to Aragona where's Macalube site. Though we had seen before that road signs aren't always easy to understand or are placed in strange positions (or aren't placed at all) we hoped to find the way...

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  • The breathtaking beach at Eraclea Minoa

    If driving west along the south coast after a visit to Agrigento do yourself and the kids (if you have them) a favour and stop off at Eraclea Minoa. There is another archaeological site here which was unfortunately closed by the time we arrived so we ended up on this fantastic beach for a couple of hours. There is a campsite right at the edge of...

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Agrigento Sports & Outdoors

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    by Sjalen Updated Jun 3, 2004

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    Agrigento itself is not by the sea but it takes less than half an hour by bus from the Central station to San Leone where there is a communal beach which is surprisingly clean for being an Italian communal beach, and a small "lido" where you pay an entrance fee and get your deckchair. After a dusty temple valley, it is nice to go swimming.

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  • 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...

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  • Luigi Pirandello

    Pass my death over / In silence. / Friends and enemies, I beg you / Not to write about it in newspaper, / Not to mention it at all. / No announcement, no publication. / Do not dress me when I’m dead. / Wrap me, naked, in a sheet. No flowers / On the bed, no candle burning. / A second-rate hearse, the one for the poor. Bare. / No-one to follow, no...

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  • Visit the temples of Agrigento

    We visited these beautiful temples on New Year's Day. The photo is of the best-preserved one, but they all look good.

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OLYMPIEION of Agrigentum – Tempio di Zeus Olimpio
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TEMPLE OF 'CONCORD'
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Valle dei Templi - temples of Agrigento
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Vulcanelli di Macalube
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River Platani Naure Reserve
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Macalube of Aragona - natural reserve
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Capo Bianco at Eraclea Minoa
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Eraclea Minoa archaeological site
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Temple of the Dioscuri
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Temple of Herakles
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Temple of Juno
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Tombs in the Walls
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Temple of Concord
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Valle dei Tempi
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valle dei tempi
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museo archeologico
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Temples
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The Temple of Herakles
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The Temple of Hera Lancinia
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Olympian Zeus
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The temple of concord
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wandering goes on
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wandering at night
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churches and S.Calogero
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Driving rules and transportation in general
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Water? ehm..not today!
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Height
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Causion: Sun protection
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Sea and beaches
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sea, sea...a must see
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landscape hills
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real streets
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streets
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The Cathedral
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cats also do wander
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Ancient part of an Old Town
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Let's skip temple's part quickly
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