Province of Agrigento

Archeology, beaches and islands on the borders of Sicily

The province of Agrigento is among the most extensive and evocative of Sicily. Located in the southern part of the island, the territory of Agrigento borders to the west with the province of Trapani, to the north with the province of Palermo, to the east with the province of Caltanissetta and to the south directly overlooking the Channel of Sicily. The province includes a total of 43 municipalities and it extends beyond its own coasts: in fact, the Pelagie archipelago (Lampedusa, Linosa and Lampione) falls within the territory of the province of Agrigento. The territory of Agrigento is also a renowned tourist center of the island thanks to the crystalline sea and the very important historical and archaeological heritage preserved. In the province of Agrigento, in fact, is located the Valley of the Temples, the emblem of the city of Agrigento, with the Temple of Demeter which is one of the most visited monuments of Sicily and of all Italy. Also not to be missed is a visit to the sites archaeological sites of Sciacca, Licata, Palma di Montechiaro and Sant'Angelo Muxaro, where one of the oldest necropolis of Sicily is preserved.

Valle dei Templi - Province of Agrigento

Valle dei Templi - Province of Agrigento (Source: CucombreLibre - CC BY 2.0)

How to get there and move around in the province of Agrigento

Ports

The province of Agrigento is served by "minor" ports that connect the island to the Pelagie archipelago. In fact, every day there are scheduled trips with ships and fast hydrofoils for Lampedusa and Linosa from the ports of Agrigento and Porto Empedocle. To reach, however, the province of Agrigento from the rest of Italy, recommended the landing at the port of Palermo and then continue in car, bus or train to the desired city. In fact, from the port of Palermo, ferry-boats arrive regularly to Naples, Livorno, Cagliari, Civitavecchia, Genoa and Tunis and they moor there, in addition, also the main cruise ships that go around the Mediterranean.

Airports

The province of Agrigento is not served by its own airport. To reach the territory of Agrigento it is therefore necessary to land, alternatively, at the airport international Falcone e Borsellino of Palermo-Punta Raisi or in the Catania-based "Vincenzo Bellini" Fontanarossa. Both airports are connected with national and international routes with the main Italian cities, the islands of Lampedusa and Pantelleria and the cities of Europe such as London, Paris and Brussels. From the airport of Palermo and Catania it takes about 2 hours by car to reach the towns of the province of Agrigento.

Roads and motorways

The province of Agrigento for the particular position in which it is located is not crossed by major highway sections. To reach the territory of Agrigento from the province of Palermo it is in fact necessary to cross the state road (SS) 121 until the exit of Agrigento on the SS 189. From Catania, however, take the highway A20 towards Palermo, exit in the junction of Enna and continue on the SS 640 (Caltanissetta - Porto Empedocle).

Trains and stations

The territory of Agrigento is directly connected to the train stations of Palermo and Caltanissetta. From the central station of Agrigento it is also possible to reach some locality of the province as the city of Caves, Canicattì, Racalmuto and Cammarata. For information and reservations, please consult the Trenitalia website.

Beauties in the province of Agrigento: La Scala dei Turchi

Reachable from the town of Racalmuto, in the territory of Agrigento, the famous and "candid" Scala dei Turchi is a marl cliff in which the atmospheric agents have dug over time a real natural stepped staircase. From the slopes immersed in the Mediterranean Sea and climbing up to the summit of La Scala you almost have the feeling of climbing a snowy promontory magically. From the top of the Scala dei Turchi the view that appears to the visitor's eyes is indeed truly enchanting: from the blue of the crystal sea to the white of the rock of marl reflecting the sun's rays, make this stretch of coast among the most enchanting and evocative of the island. Moreover, not far from the Scala dei Turchi (which owes its name) to the dreaded Anatolian pirates who used to moor their boats on this stretch of coast), the Roman villa of the 1st century AD in the Durrueli district, where I'm still the Roman floors are well visible, embellished with beautiful colorful mosaics.

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