Highlights of this tour
- Valley of Temples
- The garden of Kolymbethra
Join us for this Sicilian Valley of Temples in Agrigento tour! Upon disembarking your cruise ship, you are greeted by your driver-guide, who is waiting for you with a private adapted vehicle. You find him by the sign he is holding with your name on it, and together you make your way to Agrigento. This is a very scenic drive of approximately 2.5-hours.
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Agrigento is a very popular place, located on the south coast of Sicily. This popularity is mainly due to the archaeological zone. In the temple valley, you find seven temples that you will all encounter along the Holy Way. These temples are among the best-preserved temples in the world, magnificent ánd unique! Even if you are not interested in Greek archaeology, you should definitely not miss these.
The eastern part of the Temple Valley is always open for visitors. The Tempio di Ercole is the largest and oldest Doric temple in the city. If you follow the paved road up, you arrive on the hill at the Tempio della Concordia (Concordia temple). This temple has harmonious proportions and a dazzling brown-red hue. The last temple that you can admire here, is the Tempio di Giunone (Temple of Juno). From this point, you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view over the ridge with the temples, the valley where the old city once was, and Agrigento.
Furthermore, you visit the garden of Kolymbethra. This is the Greek word for a type of swimming pool, used for water sports in Roman times. The garden is an archaeological and scenic site, located in the heart of the valley of the temples in Agrigento. The garden extends over five hectares, which contains a wide variety of typical fruits such as citrus fruits, pistachios, mulberries, walnuts, pomegranates, and bananas. Along the river, and at the foot of the limestone Cliffs, you find almond trees, olive trees, traditional vegetable gardens and Mediterranean maquis with myrtle, laurel, mastic trees, and more.
After you strolled around and learned everything about this majestical site, there is time for lunch (not included). When you finish your lunch, your driver-guide brings you back to the cruise terminal or your accommodation.
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