The Archaeological Museum “Pietro Griffo” of San Nicola is certainly one of the most important and most visited museums of Sicily. Designed by Franco Minissi, it was built in the’60s on the hillock of San Nicola where the villa of Ciantro Panitteri once stood, on the site of the upper agora of the ancient city. The building blends old restored buildings (Cloister of St. Nicholas) and modern structures. The 5688 artefacts are arranged both in chronological and topographical order and illustrate the history of the Agrigentan territory from prehistoric times to the end of the Greek-Roman period.
This tour can be combined with a tour of the Archaeological Museum of Agrigento
The museum offers a fine introduction to the splendours of ancient Akragas and gives an insight into the life of the Greek settlers. Our guided tour of the Archaeological Museum begins outside in front of the Gothic portal of the Cistercian Church of St. Nicholas with its magnificent Romanesque facade. We stop to admire the view of the Temples, the remains of the upper agora with the ekklesiasterion (assembly meeting place) from the time of Timoleon and the cloister of a Cistercian monastery. We continue inside and visit the main rooms displaying figurines, ex- votoes, local pottery (Dinos with triskeles from 7 century BC) and Attic vases (among them, the crater with a scene of sacrifice, the one with Perseus and Andromeda and the “vase of Gela.”. Particularly noteworthy are the kouros from the severe period known as the Ephebe of Agrigento and the Telamon giant statue from the Temple of Olympian Zeus