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Half-Day Agrigento Archaeology Tour: Valley of the Temples

Explore Agrigento's Valley of the Temples
From US$600 privately
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Tour Details
Duration
4 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Valley of the Temples
  • The Griffo Museum
Photos & Highlights
  • Spend a day in Agrigento with an expert archaeologist or historian
  • Includes viewing the Temple of Concord and the Temple of Olympian Zeus
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Tour Description
Discover Agrigento on our four-hour half-day tour with a local expert. Crafted to provide a solid introduction for those visiting Agrigento for the first time or travelers returning, you will explore the local history and cultural depth of this intriguing area of Sicily. The famous Greek poet Pindar described Akragas (Greek for Agrigento) as “the most beautiful city on earth” for its spectacular location and monumental buildings. Join a Context tour to see what Pindar was describing.  
  • Valley of the Temples
  • The Griffo Museum
  • 4 hours with an MA or Ph.D. level guide
We will begin our journey in the Valley of the Temples to help familiarize ourselves with the ancient urban layout of Agrigento; its main streets, fortifications, and sacred buildings dedicated to the Olympian Gods. Each temple presents its own unique and singular characteristics. In particular, your expert guide trained in archaeology or history, will discuss the importance of the Temple of Concord and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The remains of the former, built around 450 B.C., including its inner structure and cellar, was the location of the divinity. The latter, whose construction began around 480 B.C., is perhaps the largest Doric temple ever built.

Afterward, we will make our way to the Griffo Archaeological Museum to learn about its precious collection of Hellenistic and Roman artifacts discovered in various excavation campaigns carried out in Agrigento and its surroundings. These great finds include a giant original telamon belonging to the Olympian Zeus, which is the oldest known telamon in the ancient Greek world, as well as a remarkable statue of an Ephebus dated to the fifth century B.C.

To continue your explorations of Sicily with Context, we recommend our Palermo in a Day tour.

FAQ 

What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.

Where do we meet? Where does it end?
We meet at the ticket desk on-site, near the Temple of Juno. Your route may differ according to your guide. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map.

Is this tour walking intensive, and/or wheelchair accessible?
We do cover quite a bit of ground on this tour and therefore we recommend contacting us with any mobility questions; we will be happy to advise if the itinerary will be appropriate for you or propose modifications where necessary. Please feel free to contact us.
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I generally don’t leave reviews but I must make an exception here to leave a rave review. Alice was exceptional in every respect. She was personable, with stories and insights into being a practicing archaeologist. Her knowledge base is extensive and she conveys it in an interesting mater of fact way that puts all at ease. Her demeanor was friendly and warm. Her response to questions was clear, concise and welcoming. You can have no better guide.
The tour was excellent. Our guide Alice is an amazing scholar and archeologist who could makes us understand the history and development of the Valley of Temples in Agrigento with her passion for knowledge. With the tour one can comprehend everything about the ancient city of Akragas, its history, culture and essence. The tour was we expected and even more!!.
Alice is an amazing tour guide. Through her passion for history and archeology, she brought life to the spectacular ruins of Agrigento and we felt we witnessed a slice of the history of the people who built Agrigento and inhabited that part of Sicily.