Pindar described Akragas as the most beautiful city of mortals. Only the ruins of the monumental architecture of Agrigento have reached us, which in some cases, although well preserved, are but a pale shadow of what they would have looked like originally.
On the other hand, the splendid landscape that surrounded the site, imbued with nature and history, remains intact thanks to the efforts of the Archaeological and Landscape Park of the Valley of the Temples.
Today the local community is fully involved in its protection, so much so that citizens and inhabitants of the area have taken the fields under concession in order to look after and cultivate them, meaning they all work together to help develop the shared cultural heritage.
A few years ago, the magical gardens of Kolymbetra , now managed by the Italian Environment Fund (FAI), underwent a restoration project that returned them to the area’s inhabitants, and every year the Almond Blossom Festival is held within the Archaeological Park to enhance the many almond trees in the park that live in perfect symbiosis with the ruins of Akragas.
Last year, the Festival was enriched by the presence of folklore group representatives of UNESCO Intangible Heritage from different parts of the world, becoming a fundamental meeting point between tangible and intangible world heritage.