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History, folklore, art, flavours and traditions of Agrigento

AGRIGENTO

Discover the history of our city

FOR TOURISTS

How to get around the city and other information

THE PROLOCO

Discover the Pro Loco of Agrigento

WELCOME TO AGRIGENTO

Akragas, the ancient name of the city of Agrigento, was founded in 580 BC and reached its peak of splendour in the 5th century, just before the decline began with the Punic Wars. Agrigento was one of the most flourishing and important Greek colonies in the West. The magnificent Valley of the Temples and the priceless exhibits of the Gryphon Archaeological Museum bear witness to this. Every tourist, in fact, begins his excursion in the Agrigento area with a visit to the Valley of the Temples. […]

But to stop only in the archaeological area would be reductive and incomplete. The city also has a lot to show. Starting with its historic centre, built first by the Akraganties, then by the Arabs, then by the Spanishand the French. A culture that has suffered so many dominations that the style and customs of its inhabitants have changed many times.

Visiting the city?

Discover the extraordinary corners of the old town, the churches, the museums, the art exhibitions and the extraordinary Valley of the Temples, one of the oldest places on Earth.

CURIOSITIES

Agrigento has changed several names over the centuries. For the Greeks it was Akragas, Agrigentum for the Romans, Kerkent for the Arabs and the Normans called it Girgenti, the present name of the historic centre alone.

Visiting the surroundings of the city?

Discover the hinterland of the Agrigentine region, passing through the Scala dei Turchi to the foot of the Monti Sicani and the Theatre of Andromeda in S. Stefano di Quisquina.

CURIOSITIES

The Scala dei Turchi is often attributed to the territory of Agrigento, for its geographical position. The truth is that it's located on the border between Porto Empedocle and Realmonte.