A private tour of the Valley of the Temples in the company of a licensed guide specialized in archeology is quasi mandatory if you are passionate about ancient Greek colonies in Sicily. Following its foundation by the Greeks in 581 B.C.E, Agrigento quickly became an important trading center between Europe and Africa. A private tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is certain to open your eyes to a past civilization of paramount importance with regard to the economic and cultural development of Sicily and a great part of the Mediterranean world.
Half day itinerary
With your local guide archaeologist, stroll along the Valley of the Temples, which boast a series of magnificent temples, the oldest in the series has been dated to the 6th century B.C.E. You will then take an in-depth look at an excavated area that features an impressive and complex heap of remains of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, perhaps the largest Doric temple ever built, as well as remains of homes and temples with various shrines dedicated to the cult of deities like Demeter and Persephone. This wonderful complex is ideally located in a delightful countryside filled with beautiful almond groves and ancient olive trees.
This half day private tour of Agrigento ends with a brief visit to the Archaeological Museum, where you will look at some of the most important Hellenestic architecture and mosaics found during the various excavation campaigns.
Rates for this private tour in Agrigento: 1-4 people €290 / 5-8 people € 320
Tour duration: ca. 3.5h
Incidentals: admission tickets (€ 13,50)
Full day itinerary
This itinerary covers all the sites of interest mentioned in the half day itinerary, as well as
- a visit to the Hellenistic and Roman district. Excavations reveal a relatively large complex of buildings, terraces, floors, and drainage system that can be dated to the 2nd century B.C.E.
- a stroll through Agrigento's historic center, with stops at the Norman Cathedral of San Gerlando, Santa Maria dei Greci, a small church built on the site of a Doric temple, and the abbey of Santo Spirito, decorated with lovely stuccoes by Giacomo Serpotta and his school. At the monastery, it is possible to purchase the pistachio and almond sweets that the enclosed nuns make following a recipe that has been passed on since Norman times.
Rates for this private tour in Agrigento: 1-4 people € 380 / 5-8 people € 420
Tour duration: ca. 7h
Incidentals: admission tickets (€ 13,50) and lunch
Contact us to book a half day or full day private tour of Agrigento, we will let you know about our availability and answer any questions you may have.