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Remarkable Agrigento, Girgenti in Sicilian – is an historic delight, holding some of the largest and best-preserved ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece itself. Sicily’s star attraction, the Valley of the Temples, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The oddly-named site sits on a spectacular ridge, not in a valley at all.  Its impressive array of archaeological ruins include seven monumental Greek temples in the Doric style, dating back to 6th and 5th centuries BC.

Much of present-day Agrigento is modern, but the city has a number of medieval and Baroque buildings offering a taste of the Middle Ages. A 14th -entury Romanesque Gothic cathedral and the 13th-century Church of San Nicola dominate the historical city center.

The town also has a notable archaeological museum. The impressive ruins and beautiful landscapes of Agrigento have long inspired poets, writers and painters.