Sicily’s extraordinary Valley of the Temples is just one of many fascinating things you’ll see on your Agrigento holidays. These huge colonnaded buildings date back more than 2,000 years, when Sicily was a colony of ancient Greece. Set amid Mediterranean scrub, the citrus and almond-scented air makes the experience even more special.
The town of Agrigento itself has a medieval centre. Stroll along the elegant boulevards and stop in at the restaurants and boutiques of Via Atenea and Viale della Vittoria, which overlook rolling countryside and the sea. Like elsewhere in Sicily, Agrigento lives to eat, and the stuffed sardines and ricotta ice cream are must-tries. Beach lovers will be in heaven, too – long white sands stretch along the coastline in both directions. Combining ancient splendours, beautiful beaches and fantastic food, holidays to Agrigento combine just about everything that’s spectacular about Sicily into one easy trip.
Wonder at the temples
Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples has eight temples dating as far back as 510 BC. Its Garden of Kolymbethra is thick with almond, mulberry, citrus and olive trees.
Try ricotta ice cream
Move over vanilla and chocolate – in Agrigento you’ll find a delectable creamy ricotta-based pecorino ice cream – try a scoop at one of the many traditional ice-cream parlours.
See the Turkish Steps
A white limestone cliff weathered into stair-like ribs that plunges into the translucent water below, the Scala dei Turchi is a natural wonder that’s particularly glorious at sunset.