When it was called Akragas, Pindaro considered it to be “the most beautiful among mortal cities”
Agrigento was founded by colonists from Rhodes and Crete coming from nearby Gela. It reached its maximum splendor in the V c. BC when the magnificent Doric temples were built on the southern hill. In 406 the town was conquered by the Carthaginians. Though with the last Punic War it passed into Roman hands, who took over and changed its name to Agrigentum.
After pick up at your hotel or port in Agrigento, drive to PIAZZA ARMERINA to visit the ROMAN VILLA, which is among the most luxurious of its kind, giving an interesting insight into Roman life at the time. It is especially noteworthy for the richness and the excellent quality of the mosaics which decorate almost every room.
Guided walking tour through the famous VALLEY OF TEMPLES located near the town of AGRIGENTO. Here you’ll see the Temple of Juno, with its excellent views of the entire valley, and the Temple of Concordia, beautifully preserved. The oldest ruin is traditionally named the Temple of Hercules. You can explore and learn about a few ancient Greek temples that exist in the valley that have since fallen to ruin.
The Imperial Villa del Casale, 3rd Century is near Piazza Armerina. It is probably the finest and most extensive display of mosaics of the Roman era anywhere in the world. North African art influenced style, both in composition and the choice of colourful polychrome materials. The mosaics include a long hunting scene and the famous sporting “bikini girls”. Also many classical and geometrical examples.
Near here are the bizarre cliffs called Scala dei Turchi. Chalk striated by the wind. Dazzling in the summer sun and compared by the locals to the cliffs of Dover.
duration 8/9 h • from € 135
- Private guided tour inside the archeological areas.
- Private transportation according to itinerary.
- Parking/Highway fees.
- Pick up/ Drop off at the hotel or port of Agrigento.
- Admission fees in general.
- Meals & Beverages.
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