We are both in love with old temples and ruins. First of all, it is amazing to see the degree of preservation of the temples and ruins, thereby emphasizing the technical skill without the modern day tools. Second, you are wandering back in time, leaving your footprints where innumerable feet have walked. After a quick visit to the city of Palermo, we decide to go to the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, Sicily. And we are happy we did!
Valle dei Templi
This Valley of the Temples is an archaeologic site in Agrigento. However, the term ‘valley’ is not completely true because the temples are situated on a hill. Remains of the seven temples date back to the 4-6 century B.C. Since 1997, the Valley of the Temples is included on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
We park our car in the associated parking lot, where you pay €1 ($1,20) per hour. Then we walked approximately 200 meters to reach the ticket shop. One adult ticket will cost you €10 ($12). Thereafter, we enter a small tunnel where security checks our bags. Guess what, we have to leave the camera tripod in our car… Because, well, people apparently use their tripod to assault other tourists. Seriously?! However, when we are walking along the archaeological sites, we see a lot of tourist with their selfie-sticks. You want to tell us, you cannot hit somebody with a selfie-stick?
Wandering back in time
The sun is setting while we explore the beautiful temples. It could not get any better: shooting some beautiful pictures during the Golden Hour. Most of the temples are completely destroyed, resulting in pillars scattered all over the place. However, some temples have still some pillars standing strong, which gives you an idea of the enormous structures the temples once were.
Valle dei Templi is an amazing place which takes you back in time. There is so much to see, you can easily wander through the archaeological site for two hours. Valle dei Templi in Agrigento is definitely worth a visit if you are visiting Sicily.