Agrigent or Agrigento-Sicily-day03

Agrigent or Agrigento-Sicily-day03

Sicily Tour Overview

For my second and third day of my Sicily tour I had planned 2 nights at Agrigent. 2 nights only because I included the Valle dei Templi which is a short drive from Agrigent old town. After my research I decided that I should plan about 2-3 hours for the Valle dei Templi. I planned to be at the Valle dei Templi in the morning because of the high temperatures. That meant I had some free time in the evening to chill at a nice café in Argrigent. I like sitting around in open air cafés and study local people.

A little history of Agrigent

Agrigent, earlier Akragas because of the equally named river, was founded about 580 before Christ. In the early times there were Greek colonist arriving. About 480 before Christ there were living 200.000 people in Akragas and they were living a good live in pomp and luxury. After 406 before Christ the decline of Agrigent was sealed through the Carthaginian. Shortly after that the Romans followed and named the town, which they used as one of their trading platform, Agrigentum. The Vandals destroyed the power of the Romans and 828 followed the Arabians as well as 1087 the Normans. Only during the last century Agrigent gained again prosperity and 1927 his actual name Agrigento.

Parking in Agrigent

If you do have a rental car or your own car with you this might be a problem in Agrigent. Book an accommodation with parking space or park the car somewhere outside Agrigent if you stay longer and do not need the car during your stay. For just a day or night parking I can recommend parking at Piazza Ravanusella, but you need to know that you have to pay everywhere and that most of the old town is only allowed for cars of local people.

Old Town

Sightseeing in Agrigent

Walking around on my first day in Agrigent meant for me about 77 meters up and 77 meters down – often on stairways. Normally this would have been a walk of 30 minutes which took of course a lot more because of me skipping from one side to the other exploring small alleys on my way from one sight to another. High above Agrigent you will find the Duomo Agrigento.

Duomo Agrigento

One of the most important sights of Agrigent is of course the Duomo Agrigento. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Gerland and was founded in the 11th century. It was consecrated in 1099 as the seat of the restored bishop of Agrigento and is now the seat of the Archbishop of Agrigento.

Valle dei Templi

I decided to do an extra article about the Valle dei Templi. It follows soon!

My conclusion visiting Agrigent

Take some good walking shoes to Agrigent and expect a lot of stairs. Don’t stay on the big streets. Take a look into small alleys and walk around. I think one day is enough for the sights and Agrigent old town, but you can also combine a hotel or apartment in Agrigento with a day at the beach because Realmonte with its beaches is a short drive away. For the Valle dei Templi you need an extra day! I liked Agrigent because of my Apartment next to Via Atenea. This meant for me a safe feeling also during the night walking around after dinner.Via Atenea is at night a central location where you find tourists and locals..

If you do have a car this might be a problem in Agrigent. Book an accommodation with parking space or park the car somewhere outside Agrigent if you stay longer and do not need the car during your stay. For just a day or night parking I can recommend parking at Piazza Ravanusella, but you need to know that you have to pay everywhere and that most of the old town is only allowed for cars of local people.

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