Welcome to Agrigento
Agrigento is the chief town of Southern province that houses the most beautiful landscape and evocative beaches of Sicily.
What to see and do
In the past centuries, Agrigento hosted a large Greek settlement, called Akragas, which left us the legendary Valley of the Temples. The name of this attraction is wrong, in reality, because the temples are on a hill. Hence, the right name is the hill of the temples. On this hill, there are many Greek remains; some of them have been restored because they were partially ruined. The untouched and most well preserved one is the Temple of Concordia. It is really magnificent, with Doric columns that soar to the sky with charming elegance.
Every year, at the end of February, people can attend the Almond Blossom Festival . The town folks wear traditional Sicily clothing and offer you an awesome spectacle of scent, taste and colors of Sicily.
In the picturesque downtown of the city of Agrigento, you can walk Atenea Street. This panoramic avenue (Viale Vittoria) that dominates the Valley of the Temples and the glittering sea of Agrigento. During your walk, you’ll be attracted by scenic shops, boutiques and bars . You must also taste the delicious ice cream with ricotta, a traditional recipe of the city.
The must see monuments are the medieval and gothic Cathedral of San Gerlando and the evocative Abbey of Saint Spirit. In the abbey, the nuns still prepare Sicilian delicacies such as cakes with pistachio and almonds. Make sure to stop there, to taste these delicious cakes. Then visit the Archaeological Museum and learn the Greek history of Agrigento. The museum is outside the city. After this binge of archaeological and food tours, go to the stunning beaches of Agrigento, made of fine white sand and mesmerizing turquoise waters.
San Leone beach is really wonderful, but very crowded in the summer. Go the quiet beach of Licata, instead, where you’ll enjoy natural, breathtaking landscape. Another must see attraction is Scala dei Turchi (The Stair of the Turks), a sea place between Realmonte and the port of Porto Empedocle. There, Nature worked a miracle: the coast, made of a limestone and clay rock (marl), created a high natural cliff with the shape of a magnificent white staircase.