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.

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The provincial layout of Sicily

The Roman necropolis

The tomb of Theron

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

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

The sarcophagus of the Child

The theatre of origins

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

Breathing in world heritage together

The life of young people in Roman times

The domus, guardians of private life

The cult of the Emperor

Roman affairs

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The Oratory of Phalaris

The wellness centres of the Romans

The gods of Agrigento

Vegetation in the Gardens

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento

The Kolymbetra Garden

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

Moments of leisure: the theatre

The Living Almond Museum

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

The ancient port of Agrigentum

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum