Agrigento is situated on Sicily's southern coast, and the town's Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the greatest legacies of ancient Greece. This parade of well-preserved Doric temples, just outside town, dates back to the fifth and sixth centuries BC and is what remains of the Greek city of Akragas, now disappeared.
Of Agrigentum, you still have the remains of elegant noble villas and the regular roads of the Hellenistic-Roman District. The temples are spread along a rocky ridge a short way to the south of the medieval town centre, in a designated archaeological park. You can walk there, or catch a bus from the railway station.
Agrigento recognises seven sacred places within its Valley of the Temples, known from their ruins and remnants. One of these is the fantastic Temple of Hera, with its rectangular plan and recognisable 34 standing ancient Greek columns, the Temple of Concordia, still in a state of perfect preservation, and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. The temples built in tuff assume a golden color in the sunset, create a surreal landscape throughout the valley.
Atop the ancient hill overlooking the Valley of the Temples is contemporary Agrigento, the magnificent city and a trove of art treasures. The "jewels" of the old town are the Norman Cathedral with its imposing bell tower, and the Holy Spirit Monastery, annexed to the homonymous Church. Via Atenea, Agrigento's main street, begins with Porta di Ponte, a 14th-Century reconstruction of the original Medieval entrance. Also on this street is Palazzo Celauro, where Goethe once lived. The old town presents an ancient Medieval structure, with narrow alleyways and staircases leading up to higher-level roads for you to explore.