Southern Sicily is one of the more untouched, authentic regions of the island with olive and almond groves scattered across the countryside and stunning architectural monuments standing as testament to the island’s diverse history.
With great places of interest to visit such as the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Southern Sicily is not to be missed!
Gela is one of the oldest towns in Sicily boasting a range of historic monuments such as an acropolis dating back to the 5th century BC, a fantastic archaeological museum and a collection of Greek temples and ruins which vividly illustrate the town’s captivating past. Gela also has a sandy beach and there is a long row of bars and pizzerias along the front.
Agrigento is a wonderful Sicilian town and provincial capital. Defined as 'the most beautiful city among mortals’, the ancient 'Akragas' was founded in 581 BC and it briefly became one of the most important cities of Magnae Graecia situated 230m above sea level, on a plateau overlooking the sea, with two nearby rivers and a ridge to the north offering a degree of natural fortification. It was the birthplace of many historians and today rich in both history and culture.
Located just outside of Agrigento, the Valley of Temples is arguably one of the most beautiful and historically interesting locations in Sicily, characterised by the remains of ten temples dating back to the 5th century BC and the Temple of Concordia being one of the best preserved temples of the Greek civilization today. It became part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 being one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, one of the main attractions in Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy.
Palma di Montechiaro
Located in the province of Agrigento, the town of Palma di Montechiaro was founded in 1637 by the Tomasi di Lampedusa family. It has some sights to visit including the castello, Benedictine monastery, Ducal Palace, Palazzo degli Scolopi, ruins of the Baroque church of Santa Maria della Luce and Archaeological Park of Zubbia.
Butera is an inland medieval hill town with a number of historical sites. Those with an interest in art and architecture should visit the 9th - 2nd century BC necropolis as well as the town’s ancient churches, such as the Church of Saint Francis and Church of San Rocco, both with a selection of artwork. The 14th century Castle of Falconara is also included in a number of the cultural tours, built under Martin I and used today for special occasions such as weddings.
Best known for its archaeological sites, roman villa, Costabianca Theatre, ‘Cathedral of Salt’ and stunning coastline and beaches with Scala dei Turchi ‘Turkish Steps’ having a particularly striking natural staircase, with broad steps and terraces sloping down the white limestone cliffs to the crystalline seawater below.
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