Things to see in Agrigento







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Things to see in Agrigento                             (Back to Agrigento main information page)

The Civic Museum in Piazza del Municipio houses medieval and Renaissance sculptures and an art gallery with XIII and XVIII century paintings, the most notable being ?Neptune and Nymph? by Luca Giordano, a ?Madonna and Angels? attributed to a follower of Vincenzo da Pavia and a Madonna and Child XV century by a Sicilian artist.

Santo Spirito Abbey was built in the l3th century and later restructured. The door and rose window in the fa?de are medieval. The interior has a ceiling by Giacomo Serpotta and a Madonna by a pupil of Gagini. A side old Monastery is of medieval architecture, while the cloisters are enhanced by several portals with chapter hall made of lancet arches.

Agrigento however is not mainly known for the town itself. The interest instead focuses on the Grecian temples, which transport the soul of the visitor to ancient Dionysian mysteries linked to the love cults of Apollo and Aphrodite.

The magnificent remains of Pindar's "most beautiful city of mortals", situated on a breathtaking landscape facing the sea and a series of Doric temples are considered the most captivating and unique Greek remains outside Greece.

In addition, ruins of a Roman villa are located at an archeological site a few kilometers up the coast from Porto Empedocle,

Agrigento is also the birthplace of Luigi Pirandello, (1867-1937) a Nobel prize-winning author and worth visiting is his house now a museum.

Agriculture is extremely important and the surrounding countryside is dotted with trees growing olives, vines and almonds. There are wheat fields, grape vines and citrus fruit trees planted right down to the sea. Handcrafted articles also play an important role in the local economy, especially regarding working with cork, a speciality of this region, and include Sicilian characters in wood and local musical instruments (ciarameddi, tamburelli, bummuli) that are used particularly in folk groups.

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