Agrigento, one of the most beautiful city in Sicily, rises on a plain sheer above the sea.
The Valle dei Templi is situated near the sea and it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and also an important archaeological evidence of ancient Greek civilization. There are seven sacred places whose ruins it is possible to admire. One of these is the Temple of Hera with its rectangular plan and 34 columns, the Temple of Concord that is still in a perfect conservative state, and the Temple of Castor and Pollux.
The temples built with tuff stone assume a golden colour in the sunset, creating a surreal landscape.
Up on the hill that overlooks the Valle dei Templi spreads out the "Magnificent Town" the contemporary town of Agrigento, a casket of art treasures.
The "jewels" of the old town are the Norman Cathedral, secured on the top of the hill with its imposing bell tower, and the Holy Spirit Monastery with the homonymous church annexed.
Via Atenea, that is Agrigento's main street and begins with Porta di Ponte a XIXth century reconstruction of the medieval entrance. On this street you can find Celauro Palace, where Goethe used to live. The old town presents an ancient medieval structure, with narrow alleys and staircases that go to the uphill roads.
Sitting at one of the bars at the shade of the ficus in the more recent Viale Vittoria, you may admire a wonderful view on the Valle dei Templi.
Within the Contrada San Nicola, you find the Regional Archeological Museum that explain the history of the ancient Agrigento, from the early history to the Hellenic period. Not too far from Agrigento you may find the hometown of the great writer Nobel Prize Luigi Pirandello that has been turned into an interesting museum.