Valley of the Temples
Just four miles southeast of Agrigento’s center, the archaeological wonder of the Valley of the Temples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 5th century BC. The most popular attraction in the region, viewing it is reason enough alone to make this city your base for at least a few days. It contains a series of remarkably well-preserved Doric temples, and tombs, with three temples in its eastern group standing together and illuminated after dark. The main reason they’ve managed to stay in near-perfect condition some 2,500 years after they were built is that the soft clay beneath them acts as a protective shock absorber for earthquakes. The most well-preserved is the Temple of Concordia, built around 425 BC in classical proportions. It ranks among the most perfect temples in the Greek world along with the Hephaisteion in Athens. Other temples are scattered among citrus and olive trees.