The monumentalization of Akragas

The senses tell The gardens of Kolymbetra

taste
The ciarduna of Agrigento

Sicily is famous for its delicious sweets.
In the province of Agrigento the “ciarduna a la camastrisa” are traditional fragrant wafers enriched with coarsely chopped local almonds, filled with sweet ricotta cheese and finished with a puff of icing sugar.
The contrast not only in flavour, but of the consistency of the wafer and the ricotta creates a genuine sensory experience!

touch
The ancient trunks of the Patriarchs of the Valley

Between one building and another in the garden of the Valley of the Temples, it is easy to find centuries-old olive trees that silently watch the events unfold.
Their gnarled, rough and often twisted trunks seem to stand guard and tell a timeless story: when caressing their bark, you can sense how they are infused with the whole majesty of Akragas’ history.
Gli antichi tronchi dei patriarchi della Valle

smell
Varieties of scents

When the six hundred citrus trees in the Kolymbetra Garden begin to bloom in spring, there is nothing more beautiful than losing yourself in the sweet scent of the shoots, which, over time, is replaced by the more sour scent of juicy oranges.

The Temple of Heracles

Akragas in the beginning

The walls of Akragas in the fifth century BC

Empedocles, the political philosopher

A monument for the victory over Carthage: the Temple of Olympian Zeus

The lively decorations of the temple

Sacrifices for the goddesses that made the fields fertile

The cult of Demeter and Persephone

From pagan cults to Christian worship: the Church of St. Gregory

The Sanctuary of Asclepius: a place of welcome for the sick

The most beautiful city of mortals

The Twelve Labours of Heracles

Vegetation in the Gardens

Theron, tyrant of the arts and victories

The Akragas building sites

The sanctuary of the chthonic deities

The Temple of Concordia

The Kolymbetra Garden

The Temple of Hera Lacinia

The Eleusinian mysteries

Phalaris, the terrible tyrant

The Temple of Asclepius

The Temple of Demeter

Reinforcement of natural ramparts