Sicily

Impressions of Agrigento

The Sicilian city of Agrigento has an eventful past. About 2,000 years ago, Sicily was part of Magna Grecia, the Greek diaspora, and Agrigento was one of its richest and most powerful cities. This wealth can still be seen by holiday makers in Sicily, in the Valley of the Temples, which is now a UNESCO World heritage site.

The more modern, and still inhabited, town of Agrigento also had its period of wealth: in the 19th century it dominated the world market for sulfur, which was extracted from mines just outside the city.

The following Trip Tip photos give an impression of this turbulent history.

Agrigento was one of the most important cities in ancient Greece, which becomes clear when you visit the vast and imposing Valley of the Temples - more...
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The cathedral of Agrigento stands at the highest point of the city - more...
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Piazza Luigi Pirandello, the town hall, the Basilica and the theatre all mark western end of Via Atena, the heart of Agrigento - more...
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The Palazzo dell'Orologio in the inhabited town of Agrigento was one of the first buildings in Sicily with a public clock - more...
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The Piazzetta Purgatorio in the middle of the old town invites passers-by to take a break - more...
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The Piazzale Aldo Moro indicates the eastern boundary of the old town of Agrigento - more...
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Last update: 15 April 2017