The educational route uncovers Akragas’ past through an original sensory experience, where the key is the beauty of the ancient city’s monumental, but also naturalistic, heritage.
In fact, the Akragas development project appears to be inspired by an ideal of beauty even in terms of where the colony was built.
A naturally verdant site, rich in water and fertile soil, characteristics that influenced the entire history of the township, was described by Pindar as “the most beautiful city of mortals”.
The cult of beauty emerges not only from literary sources but also from the place, stretching towards the coast, chosen by the Akragantine people for the construction of the temples.
Both majestic and sober, the temples are still a symbol of the city of Agrigento today.
The hill of the temples would be a monumental sight for sailors who, even from the sea, could see the power of this place, a source of inspiration for poets and travellers, especially from the 17th century onwards during the Grand Tour.
The magnificent and evocative remains of what was one of the ancient metropolises are today a heritage recognised by UNESCO for their Outstanding Universal Value.
They are part of the Archaeological and Landscape Park of the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento, a factor which emphasises the complex physiognomy of this magical setting.
The educational route is accompanied by texts that, by using the five senses, evoke the beauty, prosperity and magnificence of ancient Akragas, allowing visitors to immerse themselves completely in the fascinating atmosphere of this city’s glorious past.