Agrigento: Uncovering the Quiet Charm of a Sicilian Town – 07/2013

    Agrigento: Uncovering the Quiet Charm of a Sicilian Town – 07/2013

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    Agrigento is a small ancient town located in the south of Sicily. With a population of approximately 60,000 people, it was founded by the ancient Greeks in 581 BC under the name Akragas. At that time, it was one of the largest and most influential cities in the world. Unfortunately, it was completely destroyed by the Carthaginians in 406 BC, and was unable to regain its former glory.

    After being conquered by the Romans in 210 BC, it was renamed Agrigentum. Today, Agrigento is mostly known for its Valley of the Temples, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temples date back to the 5th century BC and are considered some of the best-preserved ancient Greek temples in the world.

    Despite its historical significance, Agrigento remains a quiet and peaceful town without crowds of tourists, making it an ideal place to relax. However, if you’re looking for a beach vacation, you’ll need to travel a bit further.

    Apart from the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento also has a charming historic center with narrow streets and alleys that lead to small squares and courtyards. The town’s architectural style reflects its ancient Greek, Roman, and medieval influences, creating a unique atmosphere that is both fascinating and enchanting.

    In addition to its history and architecture, Agrigento is also known for its delicious food. Local specialties include arancini, cannoli, and pasta alla norma, which is made with eggplant, tomatoes, and ricotta cheese. You can find these dishes and more in the town’s many trattorias and osterias.

    Overall, Agrigento is a hidden gem that offers a glimpse into Sicily’s rich history and culture. Whether you’re interested in ancient history, architecture, or simply relaxing, Agrigento is the perfect destination for a unique and unforgettable vacation.

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