Full Day Excursion : Agrigento
Full day Excursion at Agrigento at 20/09/16 € 70.00
- 08.30 a.m: Departure from Nh Hotel by bus
- 11.00 a.m: Arrival in Agrigento and visit of Valle dei Templi
- 01.30 p.m: Lunch at restaurant where you can taste some of the typical
- 03.00 p.m Visit of Archeological Museum and of Agrigento city centre
- 05.00 p.m. Departure to Palermo local dishes
The city of Agrigento rests on the top (about 230m above sea level) of two hills -the hill of Girgenti to the west and the Rupe Atenea to the east -once separated by a depression formed artificially by the philosopher Empedocles to allow healthy air to circulate in the city below afflicted by malaria. The filling work, which began in 1860, created an irregular esplanade surrounded by public and government buildings dating back to the end of the 19th century and early 20th century.
The archaeological area known as the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, Sicily, is one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998. Along a long rocky scarp, chosen as the southern limit of the town, are still sited the great temples of ancient Akragas: the Temple of Hera (Juno) Lacinia, Concordia, Heracles (Hercules), Olympian Zeus (Jupiter), Castor and Pollux (Dioscuri) and Hephaistos (Vulcan). Further down, on the bank of the Akragas river, near a medical spring, stood the Temple dedicated to Asklepius (Eusculapius), the god of medicine. At the mouth of the river there was the harbour and emporion (trading-post) of the ancient city.
Ancient Akragas, in its hey-day, was a flourishing cultural centre: it gave the world Empedocles, the pre-socratic philosopher, whose concept of matter as divided into four elements- Earth, Air, Fire and Water- was the foundation of science for many centuries to come. The city attracted poets like Simonides and Pyndar who described it as "the most beautiful of mortal cities". In Roman times, Agrigento was visited by Cicero in search of evidence of proconsul Verres' abuse of power and later described by Virgil in the Eneid. From the Middle Ages up to modern times, its remains, landscapes, flora, colors and the echo of lost civilizations have inspired poets, writers and painters: Ludovico Ariosto, Wolfgang Goethe, Guy de Maupassant, Alexander Dumas, Anatole France, Murilo Mendes, Lawrence Durrell, E.M.Forster, Francesco Lojacono, Nicolas de Stael, Salvatore Quasimodo, Luigi Pirandello.
Regional Archeological Museum
The Regional Archaeological Museum "Pietro Griffo" in Agrigento is certainly one of the most important and visited archaeological museums in Sicily. The building was designed by Franco Minissi and constructed in the 1960's on the site of the ancient agora where the villa of Ciantro Panitteri once stood. It shows a perfect blending of old restored remains (Cloister of the Convent of St Nicholas) and new structures.
The archaeological museum displays over 5688 artefacts that, arranged both in a chronological and topographical order, illustrate the history of the Agrigentan territory from prehistoric times to the end of the Greek- Roman period.
The collections partly come from the Civic Museum (items found at the beginning of 20th century) and from private collections or were ceded by other museums. Most of the artefacts, however, come from excavations conducted by the Sovrintendenza of Agrigento since the 1940s.
The museum consists of 18 rooms and is divided into two different, but complimentary, sections. In each room there are bilingual (English and Italian) panels that guide visitors and give information on the items displayed in the show cases.
The price includes:
- The bus service G.T. for the duration of the trip
- The assistance of a professional english speaking guide
- Tickets for Valle dei Templi and Archeological Museum
- Lunch in the restaurant
Not included: drinks, tips, extras and anything not included under "The price includes”
- Minimum participation for all events: 25 persons
- The price includes: bus service, the assistance of a professional english speaking guide and entrance fees. Lunch is included ONLY in the Full Day Excursions