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The Temple of Hera Lacinia or Juno is the most famous of all the ancient temples at Valle dei Templi. Here you will see the remains of the Doric-style temple, consisting of the front colonnade, parts of the architrave, and the frieze, dating back to 450 BC.
The Temple of Concordia is one of the most well-preserved edifices of Greek architecture in the world. The temple’s six-column facade, the pronaos, the basement, the tympani, the cella, and the pylos with the stairs can all be seen on the site.
In the middle of the San Gregorio plain, you will find the Temple of Asclepius, which was built to be right in front of the city. The temple said to be built in the late 5th century BC is comparatively small, measuring just 21.7 m x 10.7 m.
Although built in the mid-5th century BC, what remains of the Temple of Heracles show the renovation, expansion, or replacements done to the structure towards the end of the 6th century BC. It also shows exemplary anastylosis work done in the 20th century.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus was the largest Doric temple ever constructed. This unfinished temple, now in its ruins, was a fine example of the extravagance of the Akragans, adorned with marble statues and large columns strengthened with a tall curtain wall.
The Temple of Vulcan, also known as the Temple of Hephaestus, was built around 430 BC, over an archaic sacellum (shrine or chapel). You may note that some of the decorative elements on the temple have been recently reconstructed.
The Temple of Demeter, dedicated to Artemis - the Goddess of Chastity, was a place of ritual offerings to femininity, built in 470 BC. Today, the remains that stand on Hill Rupe Atenea, are a part of the Church of Saint Blaise, which existed in the 12th century.
Unlike most temples on-site, the Temple of Athena opens its doors to show the interior chambers and atrium. The temple situated on the Hill of Girgenti consisted of an atrium, the naos, and the rear chamber, which were later converted into the Norman Church of Santa Maria dei Greci.
Theron’s Tomb, often misguided by the name, is actually a funeral tower that belonged to the Roman cemetery Necropoli Giambertoni. The building was built in the late Hellenistic period and stands as a fine combination of Doric, Ionic, and Attica orders.
The Bouleuterion, a rectangular structure with a semicircular cavea, was built as the chamber of the house of public representatives. However, in the 3rd century AD, it was converted into a hall for music and poetry recitals. Today, you can see what remains of the radial rows of seats and the entrance.
The Temple of the Dioscuri, also known as the Temple of Castor and Pollux is one of the sights at Valle dei Templi that was reconstructed from the remains of other temples, in the early 19th century. This modern recreation includes four columns and an entablature.
The Agrigento Regional Museum of Archaeology, named after Pietro Griffo, archaeologist and former Superintendent of Agrigento, is home to over 5000 artifacts related to Greek temples, rulers, and history. The museum situated on the Hill of Saint Nicolas consists of 17 display rooms with two permanent and a few temporary exhibitions.
Address: 92100 Agrigento, Free municipal consortium of Agrigento, Italy.
A. You can buy entry tickets to Valle dei Templi online.
A. Yes, you can buy Valle dei Templi tickets online for a skip-the-line entry to the site.
A. Valle dei Templi tickets are priced at €10 per person.
A. Valle dei Templi in Sicily is the world’s oldest and most well-preserved example of Greek civilization and architecture. It houses the remains, ruins, and restored reconstructions of the ancient Greek city of Acragas, dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries BC.
A. There are three access points to enter Valle dei Templi - Hellenistic Theatre, Temple of Hera Lacinia (Juno), and Gate V.
A. Valle dei Templi is located in the province of Agrigento, on the Mediterranean island of Sicily, in Italy.
A. Some of the highlights of Valle dei Templi include the temples of Hera Lacinia or Juno, Concordia, Asclepius, Heracles, Hephaestus, Zeus, Demeter, Athena, Castor, and Pollux, Theron’s Tomb, the Bouleuterion, and the Pietro Griffo Regional Museum of Archaeology.
A. You can reach Valle dei Templ by car in about 2 hours from any of the airports in Sicily. Alternatively, you could take a train to the Agrigento Centrale Station at Piazza Marconi, or a bus to Agrigento Piazzale Vittorio Emanuele, Fermata Museo Archeologico, Fermata Templi-Gate V, or Fermata Tempio di Giunone stop.
A. Valle dei Templi is open daily from 8:30 A.M. – 8.00 P.M., with the last entry at 7:00 P.M. The attraction allows free entry to visitors on the first Sunday of each month and on the 10th of March.
A. Yes, guided tours are available at Valle dei Templi.
A. Apart from multiple car parks and ticket counters, Valle dei Templi houses a cafe and a bookshop. Other facilities such as toilets are provided at the ticket counters and the cafe.
A. Yes, up to 85% of the Valle dei Templi site is wheelchair accessible. Electric wheelchairs can be rented for free at the ticket counters for up to 3 hours to tour the attraction.
A. Yes, photography is allowed in Valle dei Templi.
A. Yes, audioguides are available in multiple languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, and Chinese) at Valle dei Templi which can be rented from the ticket counter/entrance.
A. Yes, dogs are allowed at the Valle dei Templi, provided they are on a leash and muzzled, if larger. However, pets are not allowed to enter the temples or approach the monuments within the Archaeological Area. Make sure you carry a scoop and a hygienic bag to collect dejections.
A. It could take anywhere between 2 - 6 hours to cover the entire Valle dei Templi depending on how much you wish to see and to what detail.
A. The farthest temple is about 2 km from the entrance so the entire walk would be around 4 - 5 Km long.
A. Valle dei Templi in Sicily is the world’s oldest and most well-preserved example of Greek civilization and architecture, which is marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will find the remains of seven Doric-style temples, the chamber of the house of parliament in ancient Greece, a Greek theatre, oratory, gymnasium, and more, from as early as 580 BC.