Sicily and the Valley of the Temples

I have always found Sicily a magic place to be.

It is an island surrounded by crystal clear waters, lots of sunshine all year round and with a mild climate in the winter and very hot beach weather in the summer.

Sicily also because of its strategic location, due mainly to its importance for Mediterranean trade routes, has a huge historic heritage; it used to be a highly regarded part of the Magna Grecia.
There have been so many different civilizations in Sicily like the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians and they have all left an indelible impression.

On Sicily’s southwest shore you will find the city of Agrigento well known for the Valley of the Temples, a large archaeological site with beautifully preserved Greek temples and the ruins of Akragas city .
The Valley of the Temples is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites with ten Doric temples, three sanctuaries and a few necropolis.

I went to Agrigento some time ago but my friend Silvia recently visited this beautiful location and sent me these amazing photos.

The Temple of Concord (Tempio della Concordia) which you see in the photo here was built in 430 BC and it is the temple of the ancient Greek city of Akragas.

A majestic building indeed!

 Temple of Concord in Sicily

The Temple of Juno (Tempio di Giunone) founded in 460 BC is situated on the highest point of the hill overlooking the Valley.
On the temple there are remains of the altar preceded by a staircase that led to the floor where they celebrated the sacrifices.

Temple of Juno - Agrigento Sicily

Love this photograph!

Valley of the temples - Agrigento Sicily

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Valley of the Temples Sicily

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Valley of the Temples Sicily

Silvia also stopped at Punta Bianca, the White Cliff which is a beach in Agrigento that retains the vivid colors and light typical of southern Sicily.

This coastline is characteristically white. The sea is wedged between the white rocks and this creates a play of colors and reflections..beautiful!

Punta Bianca, the white cliff in Sicily

Punta Bianca in Sicily

Punta Bianca in Sicily

And finally.. look at this beautiful calming sunset! I must visit Sicily soon again!

Sunset in Sicily

Sunset in Sicily

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9 Responses to Sicily and the Valley of the Temples

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Sicily is high on my list of places to visit this year and I am really hoping that I get a chance to. It just looks beautiful, and plus I bet the food is amazing.

    • Alida

      Thanks Dannii. I have so many childhood memories in Sicily. Love this island so much!

  2. la cucina di Molly

    La Sicilia è una regione molto bella, ci sono posti meravigliosi da visitare! Ci sono stata tempo fa, mi piacerebbe ritornarci un giorno! Complimenti per il reportage molto affascinate! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Grazie Vanna anche la Puglia e’ molto bella, voglio ritornarci anche li!

  3. Chiara

    posti che adoro, la Sicilia è una gemma preziosa !Belle foto Alida !

    • Alida

      Grazie Chiara, anche per me la Sicilia e’ molto cara!

  4. elisabetta

    Oh Alida, reading this post brought a nostalgic tear to my eyes. I can see myself walking through the Valley of the Temples all over again, it is truly magical. I can’t wait to return to Sicily over and over again! Baci alla bellisima Sicilia xxx

    • Alida

      I was thinking just the same looking at the photos, hoping to visit Sicily soon again!

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