They extend for miles to the east and west, from Marina di Licata, a town of ancient origins, passing through Punta Bianca, with an alternation of beaches almost deserted, up to the most fashionable San Leone, the nerve center of summer Agrigento. There is something for every taste and they are all made of fine white sand.
A view of Sciacca beach – ph STR Agrigento
6 – The House of Pirandello
It is a country house of the late eighteenth century in the district Chaos, a plateau overlooking the sea between olive trees and oaks. The rooms overlooking the countryside host a large collection of photographs, reviews and awards, first editions of books with autograph dedications, paintings dedicated to Luigi Pirandello, poster of his most famous works represented in Theaters around the world. The House often hosts temporary exhibitions dedicated to the Master. Since 1987 the birthplace has been a single institute with the Biblioteca Luigi Pirandello. In the garden, until a few years ago, there was still the centenary pine where the writer stopped to reflect and compose. In this corner, rich in charisma, the author wanted his ashes to be buried.
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House of Pirandello
7 – The Almond Blossom Festival
The Almond Blossom Festival was born in 1934 from the idea of Count Alfonso Gaetani of Naro, eager to promote the typical products of Agrigento.. The festival in the early days was an exhibition of floats and island folk groups, but over the years it has evolved to attract the participation of companies from the rest of Europe and overseas. From this initiative was born the “International Festival of Folklore” which is renewed every year, between February and March. In this period the Valley of the Temples lives a week of celebration and meeting between peoples. The highlight is the evocative lighting of the tripod of friendship in front of the Temple of Concord.
Agrigento Valley of the Temples – ph. Paolo Barone
8 – The Garden of the Kolymbetra
In the Kolymbetra Garden you can breathe the scent of the Mediterranean maquis. About 2500 years ago, the tyrant Theron had a system of tunnels and hypogea designed to feed this small valley with water. The large swimming pool that emerged became a meeting place for the inhabitants of the city and cheer the rich Akragantini. A century later it was buried and gave rise to a very fertile garden comparable to Eden.
This area, within the Valley of the Temples and not far from the temple of the Dioscuri, since 1999 has been entrusted to the FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano. It is a precious example of Mediterranean maquis rich in citrus plants, pistachios, carob trees, nuts, mulberries, pomegranates that still grow thanks to the ancient water supply. Not infrequently this magical place becomes the setting of events, concerts and exhibitions.
9 – La Scala dei Turchi (The Ladder of the Turks)
La Scala dei Turchi is a magical place located along the stretch of sea between Realmonte and Porto Empedocle. Its rock is made of tender, calcareous, clayey marl and a blinding white. Nature, as a great artist, has worked this material over time, making it softly sinuous with the help of the sea and the salty breeze, forming terraces and smoothing every corner.
The Ladder of the Turks
Scala dei Turchi (Ladder of the Turks) – Realmonte, Agrigento – ph. Paolo Barone
10 – Farm Cultural Park in Favara
Favara with its Farm Cultural Park, half an hour from the Valley of the Temples, is the sixth city in the world among the ten must-see destinations for those who love contemporary art, according to the ranking of the English blog “Purple Travel”. This small town of Agrigento, from an abandoned village, turned into a creative laboratory and a modern art site where artists from all over the world leave their mark.
Seven courtyards, connected to each other. Seven white courtyards, Arabic style and decided. A cultural park, an art gallery, photography, music, food and good wine.
Farm Cultural Park – Favara (Agrigento) – ph. Paolo Barone
In the surroundings of Agrigento:
About an hour from Favara we reach Sciacca: a beautiful sea and many works of art. On the eastern side it is possible to admire the imposing mass of Mount Kronio, near which we find the cave-chapel of the saint hermit San Calogero, and beside the natural stoves full of steam.
Let’s take on a 5 senses tour through the guided tours offered by the Eco-Museum of the 5 senses and, a few kilometers away, we also visit the Enchanted Castle.
See also Ecomuseum of the 5 senses of Sciacca on izi.TRAVEL guide
Sciacca (Agrigento) – ph. Paolo Barone
Towards the hinterland we make a stop in Burgio, an ancient village rich in history, famous for its artistic ceramics and bronze bells.
Ceramis, Burgio – ph. Michele Termine