Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)
One of southern Europe's most compelling archaeological sites, the 1300-hectare Parco Valle dei Templi encompasses the ruins of the...
If you only have time to explore part of the Parco Valle dei Templi, make it the eastern zone, where you'll find the park's three...
Riserva Naturale Macalube di Aragona
Long considered one of Agrigento's better restaurants, Le Caprice is set in its own park complete with pool and swans. It's a big place...
Lonely Planet review
The main feature of the park's western zone is the crumbled ruin of the Tempio di Giove . Covering an area of 112m by 56m with columns 20m high, this would have been the largest Doric temple ever built had its construction not been interrupted by the Carthaginians sacking Akragas. The incomplete temple was later destroyed by an earthquake. Lying flat on his back amid the rubble is an 8m-tall telamon (a sculpted figure of a man with arms raised), originally intended to support the temple's weight. It's actually a copy of the original, which is in the Museo Archeologico. A short hop away, four columns mark the Tempio dei Dioscuri , a 5th-century-BC temple that was destroyed by earthquake and partially rebuilt in the 19th century. Just behind is a complex of altars and small buildings believed to be part of the 6th-century-BC Santuario delle Divine Chthoniche . In a natural cleft near the sanctuary is the Giardino della Kolymbetra , a lush garden with more than 300 (labelled) species of plants and some welcome picnic tables. It's a steep climb down to the garden, best avoided if you've got dicky knees.