Half-Day Agrigento Archaeology Tour: Valley of the Temples

Explore Agrigento's Valley of the Temples
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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
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 local expert for this 4-hour tour of the magnificent Valley of the Temples and see with your own eyes what Pindar was describing. 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. 
  • Valley of the Temples
  • The Griffo Museum
  • 4 hours with an MA or Ph.D. level guide
  • Tickets for the Valley of the Temples and the Griffo Archaeological Museum
  • Taxi ride from the Museum to the parking lot at the end of the tour 
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.

At the conclusion of our visit to the Archaeological Museum, a taxi will return you and your guide to the Temple of Juno, where our walk began.

To continue your explorations of Sicily with Context, check out our other Sicily tours.
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
We meet at the ticket desk near the Temple of Juno. The route may vary depending on your guide. Your confirmation email will include the exact meeting point details along with a map. The tour ends back at the Temple of Juno.

When is the best time of the day to visit?
If you are traveling during the summer months, we recommend early morning or late afternoon. The heat and crowds can be heavy and the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views in the golden light of sunset is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

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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What an amazing place! Sergio brought The Valley of the Temples to life for us. He was engaging and fun to learn from for our entire group (adults and teens). I can’t imagine seeing this site without Sergio to focus us! We all highly recommend Sergio and Context!
Great tour. Valley of the temples is a lot to cover in one day (both historically and physically!) but our guide did a great job. Highly recommended.
Great tour with Marco of the Valley of the Temples. Marco had incredible historical background and the tour was very detailed and informational. Everyone in our 5 person group was very appreciative of Marco’s tour

Experience the archaelogical wonders of Agrigento from Palermo on a day trip with Context

Embark on a Palermo to Agrigento Day Trip and uncover the ancient wonders of the Valley of the Temples with our Half-Day Agrigento Archaeology Tour. This immersive experience, led by a local expert, will take you on a deep dive into Sicily's rich history, offering cultural and historical insight that goes beyond typical tourist experiences.

Your journey begins in Palermo, traveling to Agrigento, where you’ll explore the majestic ruins of one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. Admire the well-preserved Greek temples and learn about the fascinating history and architecture that make this site a UNESCO World Heritage marvel.

Our tours are designed for personalized and sustainable travel, ensuring a meaningful connection with the past. We recommend enriching your visit by exploring our Things to Do in Sicily blog, which offers insights into the island’s treasures and additional travel tips. For a deeper understanding of what the area has to offer before your trip, join our lecture on Palermo's mosaics and Monreale.

Book your Palermo to Agrigento Day Trip today and transform your travel experience with the historical and cultural riches of Agrigento. Discover more about Sicily’s ancient past with Context Travel, where every journey is an educational adventure.