Agrigento, in Sicily, is also called the Town of Temples. This name is due to the archeological site testifying the long history of the town, founded in 580 BC. Near the town, the Valley of the Temples, inserted in 1997 in the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, offers a unique view, with Greek temples, Greek and Roman necropolis, and various fortifications.
Agrigento offers lots of beautiful buildings including churches, palaces, squares and sculptures, testimony of the various epochs and historical periods that have created this beautiful town. Among the religious buildings, the Cathedral of San Gerlando, dedicated to the patron saint, dates back to the twelfth century and contains paintings, sculptures and monuments of great historical and artistic value.
Agrigento is also rich in culture, and there are many events, exhibitions and conferences organized every year in the town. Among the many events, there’s the annual Empedocle Prize, the Pirandello Stable festival, and the golden Efebo.
Among the recent constructions there’s the Luigi Pirandello theater that is still the hub of cultural ferment and is the stage for theater companies from all over the world. The theater, opened in 1881 and given to Queen Margherita, was dedicated to Pirandello, Nobel Prize for literature born in Agrigento, for the tenth anniversary of his death.
There are lots of museums to visit in Agrigento, including Human Panteologic Museum, Natural Science Museum, Cathedral Museum, Medieval Museum.