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A trip to Sicily – Pt 5: Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples

Welcome back to my little corner of the internet!

Yesterday we arrived in Agrigento after visiting Selinunte. Here you can read about it in my last post.

Today we get up early, in order to be able to visit the Valley of the Temples before the heat gets too intense.

With its 1,300 hectares, the Valley of the Temples is the biggest in the world. It featured the biggest temple of the entire world. The temple of Zeus is said to have been the biggest temple in ancient history, but it is not certain whether it was ever finished. The building was later destroyed by earthquakes, but you can still see the ruins of the temple and its immense perimetre. In the site’s archaeological museum you can see one of the statues on the upper part of the temple. One of the statues is over 9m tall. You can only imagine how big the temple had to be back in the day if the statues on the upper part of the temple.

statue

In the valley, you can see several temples, the theatre and the Greek-Roman quarters which feature almost intact mosaics.

I decided not to bore you with all the temples and historic details, because I am not a historian nor an archaeologist. This is why we’ll move on to further attractions in the area.

The Natural Reserve of Macalube

In the afternoon, we visit the city centre of Agrigento and the now closed Natural Reserve of Macalube. This is a moon-like vulcanic area which features

For those of you who are interested to visit the volcanoes, you’ll need to contact the park for a guided visit. When we went, it was still allowed to freely access the area at your own risk. The whole area is filled with muddy volcanoes that explode and regurgitate mud. In the past, this mud was said to have miraculous healing powers.

If you are obsessed with volcanoes like I am, you cannot miss out on this place!

If you have more time, you could visit the house of the three famous writers born in Agrigento: Luigi Pirandello, Leonardo Sciascia and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

To be continued…

Have you ever been to Agrigento? What did you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Love,

Raffi

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