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Valley of the Temples

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The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998. Along a rocky scarp, chosen as the southern limit of the town, are still sited the great temples of ancient Akragas. Further down, on the bank of the Akragas river stood the Temple dedicated to Asklepius (Eusculapius). At the mouth of the river, there was the harbour and emporion (trading-post) of the ancient city

This tour can be combined with tour of the Archaeological Museum of Agrigento

Day 1
Walking tour of the Valley of the Temples

Meet your local licensed guide at the ticket office near the Temple of Juno (Via Panoramica dei Templi, car park available). The tour of the archaeological park starts with the Temple of Hera (Juno) built at the very top of the hill. Magnificent views of the landscape, coastline and the Mediterranean Sea. Then walk for about one mile downhill and stop along the main path to admire the city fortifications and Byzantine arcosolia, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Herakles, the Temple of Zeus and the Sanctuary of Chtonian Deities (Temple of Castor and Pollux). As you listen to your guide you'll discover the secrets behind their construction, gain insight into the civilization that produced them and get to know the personages that made ancient Akragas "the most beautiful of mortal cities"

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