For thousands of years, the ruins of the magnificent temples in the Valle Dei Templi have risen up from the ancient city of Akragas and today, Agrigento is now one of the most well known and most visited places in Sicily. In addition to the temple districts, in recent years the medieval centre of Agrigento, with its narrow and romantic lanes, has attracted an increasing number of visitors.
In the 3rd century B.C., Akragas was conquered by the Carthaginians and later by the Romans, Byzantines and Arabs and over the years, the size of the legendary ancient acropolis was gradually reduced to that of a village. But Agrigento enjoyed a further period of prosperity under the Norman King, Roger The Second, who declared it a diocesan town.
The classical splendor of the ancient temples of Agrigento leave an indelible impression in the memories of all those who experience them.
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