This Sicilian city is more for its abundance of ancient Greek monuments more than anything. It is found to the south of Sicily and is said to have been established by the Greek way back in 580 BC. The Romans wrested it from them some centuries later and it thereafter became a part of Italy. Apart from the immense archaeological treasures found here, visitors are drawn to this locale by the stunning views seen from the height of the ancient temples. While touring this intriguing resort town, holidaymakers can make themselves at home in beautiful family villas right on the seafront or flats with amazing views.
Sightseeing is what most of Agrigento’s visitors are out to do. They make the trip to the south of Sicily to see the remains of the Greek occupation centuries ago. The most prominent of these remains is undoubtedly the temple of Concordia. A lot of it still remains centuries after its construction and seeing it standing proudly on its pillars transports one back into time. But this is not the only ancient Greek temple there. There are six other temple ruins in the so-called Valley of Temples, including the one dedicated to the goddess Juna, which is also remarkably well preserved. Unfortunately, most of the other temples lost their shape and structure to earthquakes and the pinching of their stones for other construction projects.
Agrigento is also the site of many medieval buildings including churches that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Avid photographers will find this city picturesque from virtually every angle, especially the panoramas available from the ridge holding the ancient temples.
For more of Agrigento’s mix of the ancient and natural beauty, visitors need to make a point on including the town of Catania in their Sicilian itinerary. Like Agrigento this locale was invaded and occupied by the Greek and Arabs and has quite a dramatic past. Among the fascinating monuments in Catania is Ursino Castle which was built during the reign of Frederick II in the 12th century. It was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1600 and is today a museum.
The weather here is temperate, mostly warm throughout the year like most Mediterranean locations. During winter the temperatures hardly ever go lower than 10°C, averaging between 9 and 15°C. Spring sees averages of 17-22°C while summers are fairly mild with temperatures ranging from 26 to 29°C. As winter approaches temperatures slowly slip from the twenties. December is Agrigento’s wettest month with average precipitation measuring slightly over 100mm. The rest of the year is fairly dry.
Most of Agrigento’s visitors come in through the Facone e Borsellino airport in the Sicilian capital Palermo. Flights from all over Europe and even North Africa land in this facility. There are domestic airliners that ferry passengers here from other parts of Italy as well.