Hotel Del Viale, Agrigento ***
A terrific position in the centre of town for this hotel in Agrigento, the Hotel Del Viale lies close to the main street of the Via Atenea and to Viale della Vittoria. This tree-lined avenue makes a perfect vantage point for observing the Valley of the Temples. View hotel
Double rooms from €31
Colleverde Park Hotel, Agrigento ****
A delightfully placed hotel in Agrigento, Sicily, the four-star Colleverde Park Hotel has a quite lovely setting. The medieval town of Agrigento has unforgettable charm, with its stepped, winding streets and fine churches. However the reason most people come to visit this southern corner of Sicily is... View hotel
Double rooms from €82
Hotel Kaos, Agrigento ****
The rather marvellously named Hotel Kaos sits next to the sea beneath the Sicilian town of Agrigento. Next to the house of Luigi Pirandello (perhaps Italy's greatest writer), and close to the Valley of the Temples, this is a terrific location. And it's a lovely hotel too, created within a painstakingly restored old villa - once home to nobility, now a comfortable base for your Sicilian vacation. View hotel
Double rooms from €53
Though a handsome town in its own right, Agrigento is forever overshadowed by its most famous attraction. The Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) unwinds a couple of kilometres beneath the 'modern' city. This collection of Doric Temples is the finest example of Sicilian-Greek remains - such as won't be found outside Greece itself in fact. It's ample evidence that Sicily was one of the major capitals of Magna Grecia in ancient times. Major points of the valley include the Tempio di Ercole (sixth century BC), the Tempio della Concordia (430BC), the Tempio di Giunone, the Tempio di Giove (Zeus) and the completely fabricated Tempio dei Dioscuri (actually assembled in 1832 from various bits of rubble that were discovered around the site). The very good Museo Nazionale Archeologico will help you to put all the bits together for yourself. The valley is a UNESCO world heritage site.
But let's not ignore 'modern' Agrigento, a handsome medieval city, with narrow stepped streets and superb views at night down over the floodlit valley. There are some fine Baroque buildings, the 13th century Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci (on the site of an ancient Greek temple), and the 14th century cathedral. The main thoroughfare is Via Atenea, and the town centres on the three Piazzas (Aldo Moro, Marconi and Victor Emmanuele II). The town has a railway station (Agrigento Centrale) and buses running out to the Valley of the Temples.