Agrigento

The Valley of the Temples is the face of the real Sicily

Tour Info

Duration About 9 hours
Departure Time Suggested at 8:00 am

Tour Description

It’s one of the best places to visit Sicily. The Valley of the Temples Sicily Tour begins at the hotel were you will be picked up and be met by the driver who will drive you through the whole tour. Driving time for destination about 2 hours. The town of “Akragas” was founded by the Greeks in southern italy in 581 BC, contains the magnificent remains of one of the richest colonies of ancient Sicily. Walking through the Valley of the Temples, you will be  fascinated by the beauty and grandeur of these sicily greek temples, each with its own history and meaning. Visit Ancient Sicily! The Sicily Temples who will be visited through Valley of the Temples Sicily Tour are seven, but the Valley of the Temples Sicily Tour will be completed only with the visit of The Rock Santuary of San Biagio, The Sacrifical Altar, The Tomb of Terone. The Temple of Giunone in Valley of the Temples Sicily Tour (Hera Lacinia), dedicated to the eponymous Greek Goddess, protector of marriage and childbirth. Was built in the fifth century BC and burnt in 406 by the Carthaginians. It was a temple which celebrated weddings. The Temple of Concordia in Valley of the Temples Sicily Tour, is one of the best preserved temples of antiquity and this allows you to appreciate its elegance and grandeur. The fact that it survived intact is due to its conversion into a church in the sixth century. It was built about the year of 430 BC, but was not known to whom it was dedicated. The area around the temple was later re-used by early Christians as a catacomb, with tombs hewn out of rocky cliffs and outcrop. The Temple of Eracle in Valley of the Temples Sicily Tour (Hercules), The oldest and was dedicated  to the worship of the god Hercules, one of the most respected inhabitants of Akragas. It was destroyed by an earthquake and now it is made up of only eight columns. On the eastern side are remains of the large alter. The temple of Zeus Olimpico in Valley of the Temples Sicily Tour (Jupiter), built to honor the god of the same name after the victory in 480 BC of the Carthaginians, its characterized by the presence of so-called Talamoni, large statues in human form. The temple of Dioscuri in Valley of the Temples Sicily Tour (Castor and Pollux), Is the symbol of Agrigento and was built to honor the twin sons of Sparta and Jupiter, remaining only four columns. The Temple of Vulcano in  Valley of the Temples Sicily Tour, also dating from the fifth century, believed to be one of the most impressive building in the valley, however, is one of the temples damaged by natural causes. The Temple of Esculapio in Valley of the Temples Sicily Tour (Asciepio),far away from the city walls, it was a place of pilgrimage for the sick in search of healing. The remains of the temple of the fifth century BC arise in the countryside. Asciepio was dedicated to the god of medicine, the son of Apollo, The sanctuary housed a bronze statue of Apollo by Myron, a gift to the city by Scipio, which was stolen by Verres. Agrigento contains other treasures, a another significant example, the early Christian Necropolis, not far from the ancient city walls, carved into the rock beneath the road that leads to the valley of the temples, home to several types of early Christian burials, or niche to arcosolium (bay surmounted by a niche- shaped arch ) characteristics of the catacomb. The Rock Santuary of San Biagio in Valley of the Temples focuses on t wo deep natural caves, which enters into the cliff carrying a flow of water outside, and on a deep tunnel ,obvious substitute for the original pipeline. This was to be a sort of tank at two levels. It responds perfectly to the type of archaic and classical fountains, well known all over the Greek world. The Sacrifical Altar in Valley of the Temples was destined to important sacrifice, there could be up to 100 oxens sacrificed at once.  The Tomb of Terone in Valley of the Temples, who is mistakenly believed that the tomb of the tyrant, but in reality it dates back to the roman era and in honor of the fallen soldiers during the second Punic war. We then make our way back to the hotel, relaxing and admiring the views.