Agrigento, Sicily, Italy, is a city located on the southern coast of Sicily. Around sixty thousand people call Agrigento their home. It is internationally well-known for the Valley of Temples, a cluster of monumental Greek temples. Nowadays, the buildings are partially restored and a true tourist magnet. Apart from the very important tourist industry, agriculture plays a big role for the local economy. Nevertheless, as in many regions of Southern Italy, the unemployment rate is extraordinary high. Especially younger people try to find better-paid and qualified jobs in the north. Getting there by train and by bus is possible. Frequent trains and buses link Agrigento with Palermo and Caltanissetta. Other cities of departure are also possible, but the services run less frequently.
If you plan to stay in the area, you can choose from several Agrigento, Sicily, Italy hostels, guesthouses and numerous hotels. However, there are many more hotels than Agrigento, Sicily, Italy hostels available. Generally, you can find free beds in decent accommodations of good quality if you book your hostel in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy or any other place early enough. Especially during the peak season in July and August, the best places can be booked out quickly.
The Valley of Temples is a must-see for every tourist in the area. The temples are excellent examples of Greater Greece architecture and art. The area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most important attractions in Sicily. The area covers over more than a thousand hectares, where the remains of seven Greek temples can be visited. All temples are designed in Doric style. The Temple of Heracles is the most ancient; it was destroyed by an earthquake and nowadays, there are only eight columns left. The best-preserved temple is the Temple of Concordia. The building is classified as one the most remarkable buildings of the Greek civilization existing today. It is also well worth visiting the Archaeological Museum and the Church of Santa Maria dei Greci, built in the thirteenth century, in the centre of the city.
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