The nature of the valley

The Kolymbetra Garden

After the Battle of Himera in 480 BC, Theron tasked the architect Feace with designing a hydraulic system to bring water to the city of Akragas using underground channels.
The aqueducts, dug out by the Carthaginians imprisoned during the battle and named Feaci after the architect, flowed into a single basin located in the southern part of the city, near to what we know today as the Sanctuary of the Chthonic Deities.
I giardini della Kolymbetra It soon became a veritable pool measuring 1,300 metres long and 9 metres deep. Together with the surrounding nature, the pond full of colourful fish contributed to create a pastoral atmosphere, characterised by the presence of different species of plants and fauna.
Diodorus Siculus later tells us that this area was neglected and the pool dried up.
From that moment on, the land was planted with vines and fragrant fruit trees but, over the years, it went through several periods of disuse and neglect.
The Kolymbetra Garden has now returned to shine with luxuriant vegetation, thanks to its concession to the Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano (Italian Environment Fund – FAI): through a number of soil and water bioengineering works, maintenance and consolidation works have been carried out on the stream that crosses the area to allow water to irrigate the garden and its crops once more.

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

Moments of leisure: the theatre

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The Living Almond Museum

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

The wellness centres of the Romans

Roman affairs

The Roman necropolis

The theatre of origins

The Oratory of Phalaris

The domus, guardians of private life

The cult of the Emperor

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The provincial layout of Sicily

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The gods of Agrigento

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

Breathing in world heritage together

Vegetation in the Gardens

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

The Kolymbetra Garden

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The tomb of Theron

The sarcophagus of the Child

The life of young people in Roman times

The ancient port of Agrigentum

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