Day Tour to Agrigento from Palermo
Today we meet the driver at hotel for a full day tour to Agrigento from Palermo acrossing the interior of Sicily to reach Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples where we visit the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: not included). This afternoon we then return to Palermo.
AS REGARDS THE TEMPLES VALLEY:
Agrigento & the Temples Valley: two hours walking tour along the Unesco World Heritage site. Covers the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Zeus.
Agrigento, according to legend, was founded by Daedalus and his son Icarus after they had fled from Crete “by air”.
Historically, however, its origins date back to 582 B.C. when it was founded by Rhodian-cretan colonist from the neighbouring Gela who named their city Akragas after the nearby river of that name. It rapidly increased in size, importance and military strength under Phalarides, the first tyrant, and later under Theron, who extended his sway over northern Sicily as far as Himera.
Agrigento was a city of artists and illustrious personages, amongst whom the philosopher Empedocles. Pindar defines it as “the most beautiful of mortal cities” and, in fact, in the Vth century B.C., those famous temples, whose beauty we still admire today, were built.
This tour is operated with English speaking Driver.
Licensed local guide is not included. Available on request paying a surcharge.
TOUR CODE: PMOAGR