Weekend The other face of Agrigento
City break in Agrigento, to immerse yourself in its thousand-year history, from Greek origins to the present. Three days to get to know the city literally "from top to bottom": the Valley of the Temples you have never imagined; the old town, little beaten by tourists, but rich in artistic evidence and home to original experiences of redemption of the territory and its citizens, foreigners and not.
- 3 days
- minimum 2
- on demand
Arrival at Agrigento
We recommend you to arrive at the airport (Agrigento is more or less equidistant from the airport of Palermo and Catania) by the afternoon, so that, after the autonomous transfer and check-in in accommodation, you have time for a free dinner and overnight at the Grand Hotel Mosè, a large hotel seized from the mafia and placed in judicial administration.
The Valley of the Temples and the Garden of Kolymbethra
In the morning you will visit the Valley of the Temples: the remains of ancient Akragas today have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are evidence of the glorious past of the Greek colony. The ruins of the temples and walls are scattered in an immense archaeological park, among olive trees and almond trees and local goats .
After walking along the picturesque path in the valley, guided by the words of the audio-guide, and after free lunch (you can buy something in the refreshment areas of the park, or bring a packed breakfast), access the Kolymbethra Garden, a real green oasis within the archaeological park.
The Garden, located between the temple of Dioscuri and that of Vulcano, is an example of active protection of the territory: the FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano - has restored an ancient artificial basin dating back to the fifth century B.C. and its garden-orchard irrigated according to the techniques of the Arab tradition. The landscape is typical of the Mediterranean scrub and the Sicilian garden: citrus, almond, carob, mulberry, myrtle, prickly pears and many other fruit species make this small valley a corner of paradise.
You will also be guided in a unique experience: the visit of the hypogeum of Kolymbethra, an underground journey that will take you back about 2500 years!
The day is not over and also the dinner reserves a pleasant and tasty surprise at: Ginger People&Food you will be greeted by a warm ethnic atmosphere, and you can taste a Sicilian-Senegalese menu proposed by the talented and friendly chef Mareme.
The restaurant is the result of a project carried out by the social cooperative Al Kharub, whose objective is to create employment for people with social disadvantage including people with disabilities, migrants and refugees. The concept is clear: rediscover the common roots between Sicilian and African cuisine through culinary proposals linked to the tradition and the quality of local and seasonal products.
Leisure time - Departure
Breakfast and check out.
We recommend you to leave in the afternoon, so you can still take advantage of your time to explore the historic center of Agrigento, with its alleys and the many architectural and artistic testimonies, or the Scala dei Turchi, a white cliff that rises majestically overlooking the sea.
Autonomous transfer to the airport (Palermo or Catania) and departure.
Accomodation The package includes the following accomodation
Grand Hotel MosèHotel Agrigento
This tour goes to:
AgrigentoThe ruins of the Temple Valley, the counrtyside dotted with almond trees, the sea far on the horizon: the Classical Antiquity penetrate in the traveler's soul with a perfect armony of history, architecture and landscape.