In an insular and sweet land, among olive trees, secular almond trees and myrtles rises the millenary Agrigento.
The Sicilian city famous for the wonderful Valley of the Temples and the crystalline sea of its beaches, is the perfect destination for those who want to combine art, culture and relaxation on fabulous beaches.
Founded in 581 BC in a very short time it became one of the most flourishing cities of Magna Graecia, collecting in the following years the footprints of the Roman, Arab, Byzantine and Norman passages.
The main attraction is, of course, the Valley of the Temples, the most important testimony of Greek culture in Italy. The ancient east that reaches us, extraordinarily, through the millennia.
Corresponding to ancient Akragas, the original nucleus of the city of Agrigento, the valley is visited annually by thousands of tourists from all over the world. Inserted in 1997 by UNESCO in the list of World Heritage Sites, it contains, in its 1300 hectares of archaeological park, some of the most extraordinary temples (10 in total) in history such as the Temple of Concordia, one of the most complete temples in the world, the Temple of Zeus, probably the largest in Magna Graecia and the Tempio Dei Dioscuri and the Tempio Vulcano, among which extend the Kolymbetra gardens, an authentic archaeological and landscape jewel.
But the Sicilian city is not only Hellenic archaeological finds. Its charming historic center contains art and culture of centuries of history. A labyrinth of alleys that wind through the historic center with stairways, arches and dead ends reminds us of the North African Arab cities. The passage of different cultures can be seen visibly in some symbolic works such as the Cathedral of San Gerlando, the city's cathedral, testimony of Arab-Norman, Gothic-Chiaramonte, Renaissance and Baroque artistic influences.
Other wonderful medieval religious buildings such as the church of San Lorenzo, with the famous Chapel of the Crucifix, covered entirely in pure gold, or the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Greci, built in the 12th century on the ruins of a Doric time, characterized by a portal in Arab-Norman style and traces of fourteenth-century frescoes inside.
In Piazza Luigi Pirandello, dedicated to the famous writer from Agrigento, whose birthplace it is possible, among other things, to visit his birthplace, through the cloister of the Palazzo dei Giganti (seat of the Municipality) you can access the wonderful Pirandello Theater, built in 1870 and decorated by the best known painters of the time. In short, a city to be discovered and in which to get lost.
If after so much culture you need a little relaxation by the sea, that's no problem. Agrigento boasts some of the most beautiful paradisiacal beaches on the whole island.
The nearby beaches of Kaos and San Leone are very particular not only for the wonderful landscape context. The charm of Kaos is, in fact, also given by the proximity to Luigi Pirandello's house who enjoyed the atmosphere of the place to write his works. San Leone, on the other hand, in a Caribbean environment enjoys a party atmosphere on which the nightlife spills.
Fine sand and an uncontaminated turquoise sea follow one another kilometer after kilometer throughout the Sicilian province. From the wide and quiet beaches of Porto Pale and from Lido Fiore to Menfi passing through Sciacca, with its fine and golden sand of the places of Stazzone, Lido Sovareto and San Giorgio, passing through the beauty of Lido Azzuro in Porto Empedocle, up to the beaches of Pergole and Marina di Palma, you will be surrounded by harmonious and relaxing scenery.