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Agrigento is one of Sicily’s best known towns, offering visitors a taste of medieval Italy along with roots that delve deeper into the past. Once one of the world’s largest cities, this hilltop settlement is now a modern city with an atmospheric centre, filled with winding alleys and bustling piazzas. Of course, for many the main draw is the nearby Valley of the Temples: a dramatic UNESCO World Heritage site complete with some of the most outstanding remaining Ancient Greek structures found anywhere in the world.
And if that’s not enough to tempt you, Agrigento is also just a few miles from the beach so you can combine ancient history with some down time by the sea. It’s the ideal option for those wanting the best of both worlds – in Agrigento, history and relaxation can be enjoyed in equal measure.
The closest airport to Agrigento is Palermo (PMO), which is about 2 hours from Agrigento. Direct flights to Palermo are available from London Gatwick and take approxmimately 2 hours 50 minutes.
There are plenty of dining options in Agrigento, ranging from Italian fine dining to more rustic trattorie and local bars. Seafood and pasta dishes are amongst the most popular here, thanks mainly to the prime location just a few miles from the sea but there are also some more unusual delights such as arancine (fried rice balls) and granita (a sorbet-like dish) to be enjoyed. Make sure to try the locally popular dish of Pasta alla Agrigentina – a simple and elegant dish featuring pasta, tomato, aubergine and fresh mozzarella.