The spaces of private life

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

That the citizens of Agrigentum lived in comfort and well-being is nothing new.
First Akragas, then Agrigentum, was renowned for the wealth of its inhabitants and the remarkable decorations and works of art that adorned the city.
According to archaeologists, the wealth of the domus, and also of the necropolis of Agrigentum, was largely driven by the flourishing sulphur trade, extracted from the mines inland and transported throughout the Mediterranean from the city’s port.
The numerous tegulae sulphuris (clay tablets) found in the area suggest flourishing sulphur mining and trade activity during the Roman imperial age: the most documented workshop is that of the Annii, a gens from Campania, which exerted such an influence in Agrigentum that it was also mentioned in the inscription dedicated to the sons of Augustus, on the gymnasium seats.
Other archaeological finds in the area highlight the importance of this material for the Agrigentine territory starting from the 2nd millennium BC, in prehistoric times , until the moving literary testimony of exponents of Italian literature such as Giovanni Verga and Luigi Pirandello, who decided to recount the tragic living conditions of the sulphur miners in the quarries at the end of the 19th century.
In particular, Pirandello, originally from Porto Empedocle, decided to set his novel Ciàula scopre la luna (Ciàula discovers the moon) in the Taccia Caci sulphur mine where his father had worked.

The Living Almond Museum

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

Roman affairs

Works for the muses: the mosaics of the Hellenistic-Roman quarter

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The Oratory of Phalaris

The cult of the Emperor

The domus, guardians of private life

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

The Roman necropolis

The wellness centres of the Romans

From Akragas to Agrigentum

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

The gods of Agrigento

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The life of young people in Roman times

The ancient port of Agrigentum

The theatre of origins

The Kolymbetra Garden

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

The tomb of Theron

The sarcophagus of the Child

Vegetation in the Gardens

The provincial layout of Sicily

Breathing in world heritage together