|| Home |||April-16th-2003|
In order to get to Agrigento, we had to drive across the island. That´s why we started early. It took us about 2½ hours on the highway. First we wanted to take a look at the old part of town and try the Sicilian cuisine of this area. We abandoned this plan very soon because it was impossible to find any parking space on the outskirts of the old part of town. The city was a complete traffic chaos and even such a small vehicle like our Fiat was of no use when looking for a parking space. Thus we drove right away to the excavation sites in the "Valley of Temples" below the city. We were lucky to find a parking space there (2 €). For visiting the excavation sites (without the Archaeological Museum) we had to pay 4,50 € per person. If you consider that there are no explanations to the objects, it´s quite a high price. Therefore we had to stick to our travel guides for information.
The "Via dei Templi" divides the valley into the western and the eastern district. From the two former monumental temples in the western district there are only a few ruins left. The extents of the temples are only conceivable with much fantasy. In comparison there´s somewhat more to be seen at the temples in the eastern district. The Concordia Temple belongs to the best kept Greek temples at all. Since its columns were connected with walls in the past, it could survive all earthquakes. If possible avoid the "Valley of Temples" around midday because the sun burns without mercy then and there´s hardly any shade. The eastern temple district is constantly open - interesting for a visit at night when the temples are being illuminated.