The nature of the valley

The Living Almond Museum

At the Park of the Valley of the Temples, archaeological excavations conducted over time have found almond seeds in layers of earth from the late antiquity, highlighting how almonds are linked to the territory of Agrigento.
In order to protect the area’s different varieties, in 1997 the Museo Vivente del Mandorlo (Living Almond Museum) was established. At the foot of the hill of the Temple of Hera Lacinia , around 200 different species grow, which the experts of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Palermo study every day to understand and protect their biodiversity.
Mandorlo in fioreThe main purpose of the Living Almond Museum is to keep the oldest varieties of almonds alive, since they are in danger of disappearing.
In addition to this, researchers continue to examine the different specimens to understand which types are best for various purposes, for example, which almonds might be suitable for famous Sicilian confectionery, where this ingredient is found in abundance.
Torrone, amaretti and frutta martorana are just a few examples of the delicious Sicilian sweets that use this sweet ingredient.

The Punic Wars and the final conquest of Akragas

Politics comparison: Akragas and Agrigentum

The theatre of origins

The forum in the city of the Akragantines

The Kolymbetra Garden

The Romans settle in Agrigentum

The Hellenistic-Roman quarter

Cicero’s account: Agrigentum in In Verrem

A Sanctuary for the Latin gods

The gods of Agrigento

The sarcophagus of the Child

The centre of politics in Agrigentum

Vegetation in the Gardens

Moments of leisure: the theatre

Roman affairs

The ancient port of Agrigentum

The tomb of Theron

The life of young people in Roman times

Breathing in world heritage together

The Living Almond Museum

From Akragas to Agrigentum

The Oratory of Phalaris

The domus, guardians of private life

The provincial layout of Sicily

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

The cult of the Emperor

The wellness centres of the Romans

The Roman necropolis

An exceptional discovery: the thermal baths of Agrigentum

The driver of Agrigentum’s well-being

Hellenistic heritage on the streets of Agrigentum

Mens sana in corpore sano: the gymnasium of Agrigento