Agrigento is famous for being the site of the ancient Greek city of Akragas which was one of the prominent cities during ancient Greece’s golden age. Visitors are sure to enjoy the magnificent Greek structures of the Valley of Temples which consists of the Temple of Juno, Temple of Concorde, Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Jupiter – one of the world’s largest Doric style buildings. The Temple of Concorde is among the best preserved buildings in the area and was subsequently converted to a Christian Church and catacomb in 597.
Other remaining temple structures are those dedicated to Heracles, Asclepius and Hephaestus and the sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone, all are located in the sacred area. Churches like San Biagio and San Nicola were built atop the ruins of the sacred area. Much of the area is still unexcavated and a good number of necropolis and quarries still exist. Aside from these, the town is also the home of medieval and baroque architectures; the most notable is the 13th century Church of Santa Maria dei Greci which also stands above an ancient Greek temple. Do visit the museum which holds many interesting archaeological finds.
Piazza Luigi Pirandello
The Piazza is named after Agrigento’s famous son, the dramatist and Nobel prize winner Luigi Pirandello. The piazza is surrounded by the beautiful town hall, Baroque church and an old Dominican convent. Named after Pirandello, the 1870 theater was built by Dionisio Sciascia and Giovan Battista Filippo Basile. The beautiful theater was featured in several famous photographs in the 1950s.