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Holiday in Agrigento

A holiday in Agrigento is a unique mix of history, art and nature in an unforgettable place. Originally called "Akragas", the city has an extremely long history. Founded over 2600 years ago, it was one of the most important cities in Magna Graecia. When strolling the streets of Agrigento, the enormous influence of the ancient populations who lived there and made it such a unique place is immediately visible. The region has a Greek, Arabic and Norman past, and Agrigento honours those visitors through its artistic and architectural gems in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Agrigento is especially well known for its splendid Valley of the Temples, grandiose remnants of Magna Graecia. The city boasts numerous other beauties, including churches and museums, while the Mediterranean climate offers hot summers and mild winters, ensuring pleasant and competitive holiday offers to Agrigento all year round.

The historic centre of Agrigento harbours myriad religious buildings, symbols of a particularly rich spiritual past, starting with its temples and continuing up to the present day, ranging from the Church of the Addolorata, famous for its underground crypts, to the Church of San Francesco di Paola, with its two bell towers. Other gems include the Church of San Giuseppe (with two bell towers and a unique nave) and the Church of San Domenico, both in the Baroque style. Especially worthy of a visit are the Church of Purgatorio, the Church of San Lorenzo and the Santo Spirito Abbey. The former is in Renaissance-Baroque style and has two allegories of Faith and Charity at the entrance and two twisted columns. There are eight female statues inside, representing the Virtues. To visit the ancient hypogeums of the city of Akragas, you pass beneath the stone lion to the left of the church The Santo Spirito Abbey, dating back to the thirteenth century, includes a church and a monastery. The church's façade visibly blends the Chiaramonte and Baroque styles, while inside the style dates back to the eighteenth century, with a coffered wooden ceiling bearing the Chiaramonte family crest. The adjacent monastery has one of the best preserved cloisters in Sicily, rich with Gothic portals through which you can reach the Chapter Room. The City Museum and the Sinatra Gallery are housed in the building.

The imposing Cathedral of Agrigento is located on the highest and furthest west point of the Girgenti hill, the oldest part of the city. The Norman-Gothic cathedral has been rebuilt many times, but was founded by Bishop Gerlando at the end of the eleventh century, then expanded over subsequent centuries. The Bell Tower was never finished and has Gothic-Catalan windows, as well as a balcony window framed by a pointed arch. The double eagle of Charles V is painted in the centre of the wooden ceiling inside the temple. Walking through the cathedral, you'll find the Chapel of San Gerlando (housing a reliquary of the Ark), the Chapel of De Marinis, the marble Madonna with Child, and the Cathedral Treasury, including the renowned Roman sarcophagus of Phaedra.

The jewel in Agrigento's crown is undoubtedly the Valley of the Temples, imposing remnants of Magna Graecia in Sicily. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's part of the largest archaeological park in the world, covering 1300 hectares. The Valley of the Temples holds 10 Doric temples, 3 sanctuaries and several necropolises: Montelusa, Moses, Pezzino, the Roman Necropolis with the tomb of Theron, the Early-Christian Necropolis and Acrosoli. There are many examples of ancient waterworks in the area, like the Garden of Kolymbetra, the Hypogeums, and many fortifications. Amongst the social gathering places of Ancient Greece, we can find the lower Agora near the Temple of Zeus, the upper Agora in the museum complex, and one of the Roman council rooms built on the Greek foundations. A real open-air museum, the Valley of the Temples is also home to the quadrangular Temple of Concordia, dating back to 430 B.C. The main cell was preceded by a very spartan ante-chamber with two columns, followed by a vestibule used as a treasury. Its amazing state of preservation makes this temple one of the most remarkable sacred buildings from the Classic era. Finally, the Temple of Hera is the crown jewel of the entire valley, which it observes from on high. Erected in 460 B.C., it's a magnificent temple with columns planted on four steps, built with twenty grooves and four drums. Inside you'll find an entrance hall and the inner chamber, where traces of the blaze started by the Carthaginians are still visible.

Agrigento is also Luigi Pirandello's birthplace. To get a sense of the Master's life, take the opportunity to visit his home and the theatre dedicated to him. His home is a few kilometres from the city in a countryside district called "Caos", amidst oak and olive trees perched on seaside cliffs. A Museum Library was also dedicated to Pirandello, full of history about the author and his heirs, containing over 5000 documents. If there's time left over, lovers of the sea must definitely visit the Lido di San Leone, the most famous seaside lido in the entire Agrigento province, at the foot of the Valley of the Temples. History, diverse cultures and traditions melt together in a unique place called Sicily, all easy to discover thanks to our last minute holiday offers to Agrigento.


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Colleverde Park Hotel

Colleverde Park Hotel

Via Panoramica dei Templi, Agrigento
4.0
of 5, from 126 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Agrigento, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hellenistic-Roman Quarter, Agrigento Regional Archaeological Museum, and Chiesa di San Nicola. Museo Archeologico and Eastern Zone are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£33
Tre Torri

Tre Torri

Viale Cannatello 7, Agrigento
3.6
of 5, from 89 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Villaggio Mose, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Stabilimento Balneare Aloha, San Leone Beach, and Tomba di Terone. Il Giardino della Kolymbetra and Tempio di Hera are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£334
Villa Athena Hotel

Villa Athena Hotel

Via Passeggiata Archeologica 33, Agrigento
4.6
of 5, from 123 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Temple of Heracles, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Valley of the Temples. Tempio di Giove and Chiesa di San Nicola are also within 10 minutes.

£82
Scala Dei Turchi Resort

Scala Dei Turchi Resort

Strada Provinciale 68 - C/da Scavuzzo, Realmonte
4.0
of 5, from 29 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Realmonte residence is within a 10-minute walk of Scala dei Turchi Beach and Scala dei Turchi. Port of Porto Empedocle and Riserva Naturale Torre Salsa are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£235
Verdura Resort

Verdura Resort

SS 115 KM 131, Sciacca
4.7
of 5, from 14 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in a rural location, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Castello Poggiodiana, Lumia, and Secca Grande Beach. Piazza Fontana Anna di Caltabellotta and Castello Incantato are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£33
Hotel Dei Pini

Hotel Dei Pini

statale 115 contrada San Calogero, Porto Empedocle
3.1
of 5, from 50 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Luigi Pirandello House Museum and Casa Natale di Pirandello. Port of Porto Empedocle and Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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