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A Sicilian Hike in the Region of Agrigento

A Sicilian Hike in the Region of Agrigento

By car, 173 km, 1 day

''The opulence and splendour of the city are such that the inhabitants of Akragas build temples and houses as if they were immortal, and eat as if they were going to die tomorrow.'' These words from the philosopher Empedocles, a native, evoke the past splendour of Agrigento, a sumptuous story that began 2,500 years ago in Magna Graecia. Explore this mythical strip of coast in south-western Sicily, with its legendary narratives and long beaches of white sand.

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Agrigento

Agrigento
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Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)   Worth a journey Worth a journey Worth a journey

V.le Valle dei Templi 92100 Agrigento
Archaeological and historical sites

Do not search for the valley! The temples (a dozen of them) erected in 5 BC, are located on the ridge to the south of the town, . Set on fire by the Carthaginians in 406, they were restored in their original style by the Romans. Earthquakes, fanatical Christian iconoclasm and the need to retrieve stones for other buildings led to there destruction and only the temple of the Concorde is in a good state, probably due to its conversion into a church in the 6C.

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Sant' Angelo Muxaro

Sant' Angelo Muxaro
The village, perched on a hillside, is said to have been the capital of the ancient kingdom of Cocalos, the mythical god who gave shelter to Daedalus after he escaped from the maze. Sant’Agelo Muxaro’s main attractions are its main church, with a façade adorned with Lombard stripes framing its three portals, and the Grotta del Principe, a proto-historic tomb from the 9C BC.
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Bivona

Bivona
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Caltabellotta

Caltabellotta
Caltabellotta occupies a superb site perched on a steep rocky spur at an altitude of 900m. Its name “Kal'at al-ballut” (Fortress of the Oaks) is of Arab origin and reflects the town’s imposing location. Its impregnable position made it an effective military outpost for many years; the Angevin abdication was signed here after the Sicilian Vespers revolt (1302). On the peak, the ruined Norman castle seems to blend naturally into the landscape.
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Cathedral (Duomo)  

Piazza del Duomo 92019 Sciacca
Religious buildings

This is of Norman origin (the exterior of three apses is the only evidence of this) and it was given the Baroque treatment in the 17C. Inside, the three naves contain some interesting works: frescoes by the local artist Tommaso Rosi (1829) depicting the Apocalypse and scenes from the life of Mary Magdalen, an attractive marble work by Antonio Gagini (1581) showing episodes from the Passion of Christ.

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White Cape beach (Spiaggia di Capo Bianco)   Worth a detour Worth a detour

SP 115 30020 Eraclea Minoa
Nature and gardens

Eraclea Minoa beach, a beautiful, long white sandy beach, is enclosed by the tall white cliff and a magnificent pine forest.

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