Things to do in Italy Valley of the Temples guided tour of the archaeological park
By purchasing the voucher for the Valley of the Temples Guided tour of the archaeological park valid also for the month of August you can do it on the chosen day and enjoy in complete freedom all the wonders without limits at the times provided for the specific day of access. online payment how it works: Once the purchase is complete, you will receive the voucher in PDF format. The voucher with a discount compared to the official price charged can only be purchased online. You do not need a discount code or coupon, you introduce yourself directly to the experience with qr code.
Voucher is usable and transferable (eg gift) and subject to the experience use regulation. The voucher is non-refundable and must be presented directly at the entrance turnstiles.
The validity of the voucher cannot be modified or extended. It is necessary to print the voucher or present it on a smartphone.
An audio-guided look into the temples and empires of Ancient Greece
Exploring the Enigmatic Valley of the Temples in Agrigento: Where History Comes to Life
The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, stands as an awe-inspiring testament to the grandeur of antiquity. This remarkable archaeological site is not just the largest in Sicily, but it holds the prestigious title of being the largest in the world. Spanning across an expansive 1,300 hectares of sun-soaked terrain, it is a place where the echoes of the past still resonate, where the ancient Greek and Byzantine empires have left their indelible mark on the landscape.
Your Journey Through Time: Step into a time machine and transport yourself back to the glory days of Sicily’s Hellenistic history. Prepare to be captivated by some of the most renowned Doric temples, each steeped in historical significance. Marvel at the majestic Temple of Hera, the magnificent Temple of Concord, and the awe-inspiring Temple of Olympian Zeus, all of which stand tall amid this archaeological wonderland.
Guided Insights: As you navigate this ancient treasure trove, allow your knowledgeable guide to unlock the secrets and stories concealed within these venerable ruins. Gain a deeper understanding of the site’s rich history while soaking in breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, an ever-present backdrop to this extraordinary journey.
The Ridge of Legends: It’s a curious fact that the Valley of the Temples is not actually located in a valley but rather graces a commanding ridge. However, this minor detail in nomenclature should not deter you in the slightest. The temples of Agrigento are a sight to behold, and the ridge itself is a sightseer’s paradise, offering panoramic vistas that will leave you in awe.
Skip the Lines: Particularly during the bustling summer months, the queues at this historical gem can be quite daunting. But fret not, for with a guided tour, you’ll enjoy fast-track access to this marvel of antiquity. Whether you’re an adult or a child, this visit is suitable for everyone, making it a perfect family adventure. And the best part? Once your guided tour concludes, you’re free to stay and explore, capturing every angle and corner of this incredible valley with your camera.
A UNESCO Gem: The Valley of the Temples proudly wears the UNESCO World Heritage Site badge, further underscoring its global significance. Here, the weathered ruins bask in the Sicilian sun, offering a glimpse into the faded glory of the Greek and Byzantine empires. With the Mediterranean Sea as a serene backdrop, wander through the remnants of a once-thriving society. Explore temple after temple, pass by fallen statues, marvel at an ancient olive tree that has stood the test of eight centuries, and stroll down the enchanting ‘Via Sacra’. While the passage of time has taken its toll on some areas, whether you’re drawn to the impeccably preserved Concordia Temple or the weathered grandeur of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, you’ll undoubtedly be moved by these monumental structures.
The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento is not just a site to behold; it’s an experience that transcends time, inviting you to walk in the footsteps of ancient civilizations and to witness history in its most grandiose form.
- Guided tour with a official tour guide of the Sicilian Region
- Entrance skip the line ticket to Valleys of Temples Agrigento
THE VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES OF AGRIGENTO: on a rocky ridge that delimits to the south the plateau on which the classical town once stood, the remains of Doric temples still emerge, of uncertain attribution: from east to west, from 127 to 70 altitude, Hera (Juno) Lacinia, Concordia, Heracles (Hercules), Olympian Zeus (Jupiter), Castor and Pollux (Dioscuri) and Hephaistos (Vulcan). Lower down, the plain of San Gregorio crossed by the river Akragas, at the mouth of which was the port and emporion of the ancient city. Near the river, the temple dedicated to the god of medicine, Asclepius. Ancient Akragas, in the 5th century BC, was a thriving cultural center: home of the pre-Socratic philosopher Empedocles, frequented by Pindar and Simonides. In Roman times, the city was visited by Cicero in search of evidence of the rapacity and embezzlement of the pro-consul Verre and described by Virgil in the Aeneid. From the Middle Ages to the present day, the vestiges, the multiple landscapes, the vegetation, the colors and the echoes of the lost civilizations have attracted and inspired philosophers, writers, poets and painters: Ludovico Ariosto, Goethe, Maupassant, Alexandre Dumas, Anatole France, Murilo Mendes, Lawrence Durrell, Francesco Lojacono, Nicolas de Stael, Salvatore Quasimodo, Luigi Pirandello.
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Valley of the temples Agrigento visiting hours
From Monday to Friday From 8.30 to 23.00 Saturday and Sunday From 8.30 to 24.00 The ticket office closes one hour earlier. On the first Sundays of the month (3 July, 7 August and 4 September).