Agrigento is a city with a thousand-year history. Located in a strategic position, right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, it has been the site of intense commercial traffic since the days of ancient Greece. Lastly conquered during the Punic wars by the Romans - which gave it the Latin name of "Agrigentum" - the Roman-Hellenic city is known in the world as the "City" of the temples ", for the famous Doric temples that enrich the Valley of the Temples: one of the most visited destinations in the Island for tourists from all over the world, but the Valley of the Temples is not the only good archaeological that you can appreciate in the city tour of Agrigento. The Rupe Atenea, in fact, is an archaeological site of great historical importance and which dates back to an earlier period the foundation of the city of Akragas (today's Agrigento). To visit, moreover, the Archaeological Museum of the city where the testimonies of the ancient Greeks in Sicily are kept intact, that just in Agrigento they founded the first great polis.
From the municipality of Palermo (the shortest way), take the highway A19 (Palermo-Catania), exit on the SS 121 state road and continue until the town of Caltagirone (about 130 km). From city of Catania to reach the center of Agrigento is necessary to take the highway A19 (Catania-Palermo) and continue on the state road SS 640 up to the city of Agrigento.
The town of Agrigento is located at the same distance from the international airports "Vincenzo Bellini" of Catania Fontanarossa and "Falcone-Borsellino" of Palermo Punta Raisi. Both in fact, the airports are about 170 km from the city of Agrigento. From Catania airport, by car, you can reach Agrigento by booking a transfer service from the portal Bravodriver.com who will pick you up at the arrivals and leave you at the address you want, on our portal you will find the best drivers in the area with the regular license.
From the central bus station of Catania and Palermo are scheduled connections to the central bus station of Agrigento (Piazza Rossellini) offered by the companies Sicilian Transport Company and Sais Trasporti . For info and reservations we recommend to visit the website of the relative.
From the central train station of the Sicilian capital (Palermo, Piazza Giulio Cesare), the Palermo-Agrigento route is served by Trenitalia . To find timetables, seasonal promotions and daily trips it is advisable to visit the site of the rail transport service.
To reach Agrigento by ship or hydrofoil it is necessary to disembark in the port of Catania or Palermo, connected daily with different national ports.
The Museum stands in an area identified in the historical site of the ancient Greek city of Agrigento. The entire complex was developed in the ancient Cistercian abbey of San Nicola, in perfect Romanesque-Gothic style. The entrance of the structure consists of the imposing cloister and inside which there are the richest testimonies of the ancient city and its territory. Inside the Archaeological museum, in fact, are perfectly preserved vases, furnishings, statues and miniatures of the ancient splendor of Akragas, the first Hellenic city in Sicily.
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