Mediterranean Coast

The Valley of the Temples

Visiting Sicily Southern coast, you will be surprised and fascinated by the contradiction characterizing this area. A modern and brutal landscape destruction including ugly illegal buildings dating back to the ’60s and ’80s as well as Gela and Augusta industrial complexes on a side and magic Valley of the Temples surrounded by almond orchards and olive grooves on the other. These stunning temples are a wonderful evidence of Greek colonisation in Sicily, standing silent and indifferent towards the mutable modern landscape.

Even the nature landscape is full of contradiction: empty and desert wastelands in the inside and humid areas in the coastline, at times wild and rugged, at times blessed by amazing and endless sandy beaches.

The Mediterranean coast boasts magnificent panoramas and natural reserves, splendid archaeological sites and beautiful picturesque historical centres of small towns such as Sciacca, Favara, Gela and Agrigento.

In addition, this area is the birthplace of a lot of famous intellectuals, such us the philosopher Empedocles, the novelist Luigi Pirandello, whose home has been turned into a tourist sight, and the writer and essayist Leonardo Sciascia. Despite this cultural richness, it is curious to observe how “Mafia lifestyle” still lives in contrast with the growing modern life.

Sights at a glance

Agrigento

Around 582 BC the Greeks colonised the “city of Akragas” (now Agrigento) which became one of the most important city of Magna Grecia, second only to Syracuse in Sicily. After the Greeks, the city was conquered and ruled by the Romans, who gave it the name of “Agrigentum” and later by the Byzantines, the Arabs and finally by the Normans in 1087. Today, important traces of its glorious past can be found visiting the town and its numerous monuments, palaces, streets and churches. The most important historical remains lie in the stunning Valley of the Temples, for which Agrigento is well-known all over the world.

We suggest to visit:

The Valley of the Temples

The Cathedral

Museo Diocesano

Teatro Pirandello

Museo Civico

San Lorenzo

San Leone

Convento di Santo Spirito

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele

Museo Archeologico Regionale

Birth place of Pirandello

Eraclea Minoa

Eraclea Minoa was probably founded by Greek colonists of Selinunte during the 6th century BC and then conquered by the Romans in the 3rd century BC. After getting involved in several wars, the city was finally abandoned. In 1950, the first excavations brought important ruins to light, including a theatre, two necropolis and ancient brick houses. These ruins are set on a hill overlooking the sea, above Capo Bianco, a long white wonderful beach surrounded by beautiful pine-woods. This lovely setting gives ruins in Eraclea Minoa a suggestive and unique charm.

Pelagie Islands

The Pelagic Islands are considered little pearls in the Mediterranean Sea lying between African and Sicilian coast. These islands, consisting of white landscape Lampedusa, black volcanic Linosa, and the small and inhabited Lampione, are Marine Protected Areas and feature a mix of African and European environmental treasures. Characterised by bare vegetation, they boast a warm African sun and fabulous depths in crystal clear waters liven up by a crowded and fascinating marine flora that attracts a lot of scuba divers. The Pelagic Islands are a perfect destination for sun and sea lovers appreciating the peace of uncontaminated nature to enjoy moments of pleasant loneliness and relax.

We suggest to visit:

In Lampedusa

Baia dei Conigli in Lampedusa

Cala Maluk

Cala Croce

Cala Galera

Cala Greca

Madonna di Lampedusa Sanctuary

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