AGRIGENTO SANTA NINFA (Valle del Belice)


9 May 2018
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Wednesday
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153 km
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AGRIGENTO

Known as the City of the Temples because of its numerous Doric temples  from the ancient Greek city standing in the so-called Valley of the Temples – recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site – it reached its height in the V century BC, before the decline that started with the war against Carthage. During the Punic wars it was conquered by the Romans. It was later dominated by the Arabs and then conquered by the Normans.

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GALLERY

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FOOD

Cavatelli all’agrigentina (pasta with aubergine sauce), Roba cotta (boiled veal and lamb), fish couscous, sweet couscous (with almonds and pistachios).

WINE

Zibibbo and Inzolia.

MAIN SIGHTS

Girgenti (the Mediaeval old town), Valle dei Templi (archaeological site, UNESCO World Heritage), Rupe Atenea (archaeological site), Cattedrale di San Gerlando (11th century).

HISTORY

Population: 61,000

Foundation: 6th century B.C.

Ancient name: Akragas (Greek), Agrigentum (Latin), Kerkent (Arabic), Girgenti (Norman)

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