Valley of the Temples
Like the ancient Romans, the ancient Greeks got around - and for some time this part of Sicily (along with other coastal areas of southern Italy) was part of Magna Graecia. The town that is now Agrigento was once the Greek city of Akragas, and the Greeks built several impressive temples on a ridge just outside of the city. The remains of seven of those temples are still impressive enough to draw visitors to the site thousands of years later.
The entire park in which the temples are located - called the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples - is huge, covering more than 3,200 acres, and there are pieces of seven temples you can see. The best-preserved ones are the Temple of Juno Lacinia and the Temple of Concordia, both constructed in the 5th century B.C.E. Other temples in the park were built in the 5th-6th centuries B.C.E. and are in varying states of ruin. Also included in the park is a structure archaeologists think was a war memorial to Roman soldiers.
As mentioned, the Valley of the Temples is outside Agrigento, so although it’s a major attraction in Sicily it’s not right in the middle of a town. For this reason, it’s far easier to reach the site if you have a rental car or you book a guided tour - public transportation isn’t as robust in Sicily as it is elsewhere in Italy. Because the entire archaeological park is so big, having a guide can be extremely helpful so you don’t miss the top sights. Be sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes, as you’ll be doing a lot of walking. In summer, there are evening tours available when the temples are lit up.
Tours & Tickets
Explore two of Sicily’s top UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale – on a day trip from Taormina, led by a local ... Read more
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)