This tour lasts up to 7 hours.
It starts in the morning with the visit of the Valley of Temples and of the Archaelogical Museum (or the Kolymbetra Garden). In the afternoon we'll go in town (about 3 Km away from the Valley of Temples) to discover what most tourists ignore: the treasures of Agrigento's old city. The town occupies today the site of the ancient greeek Akropolis. Its plan and architectures sum up 25 centuries of historical events and architectonical styles. The most remarkable monuments are represented by the medieval complex (church, chapel, convent) of Santo Spirito ( XIII )and San Lorenzo church (XVIII).Both churches contain rare treasures: the stuccos of Giacomo Serpotta (XVIII), a major artist of Sicily and a supreme sculptor whose achievements have remained unequaled. Highly worthwhile is the visit of the imposing norman Cathedral (XI) and that of Santa Maria dei Greci (XIII). This church was built on a doric greek temple and its foundations are still visible beneath. Most of these monuments are to be find along via Atenea, heart and meeting point of the city. Barock and Neoclassical façades are overlooking the medieval street that is today the best place for shopping or to taste the best ice cream and almond pastry in town.
This tour will let you meet the real face of Agrigento: a city coping with the major problem of nord african immigration, illegal building,need for restoration and hydrogeological risk.
This tour is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.