2016 will go down in history as the year in which the Hellenistic Theatre of Agrigento was discovered. Recent excavations confirm that in the late 3th century BC a majestic theatre with the classic view over the sea and the temples was built in the heart of the city; it was located on the southern perimeter of the Agorà, the monumental public and political centre of the city which stretched out over an area of 50.000m², equalling Athens for size. The theatre has a diameter of 95m and is architecturally similar to the theatre of Segesta. Le concentric semicircular tiers of seats of the cavea which have been uncovered to date are disposed on two levels: the higher level is separated from the lower level by a corridor. The upper sector of the cavea, partly hewn out of solid rock and partly built on a supporting structure, was accessible directly from the main square of the Agorà situated directly behind it by connecting corridors, one of which has been recently identified by archaeologists. The theatre, therefore, can be considered the Agora’s monumental window on the temples spread out in the valley below. Even though the transitory period between the Greek and Roman domination is not yet well defined, it can surely be said that in this period the city of Agrigento continued to be an extremely rich, vital and cosmopolitan city.
Archaeologists are currently excavating in the Theatre area.
The Archaeological Park has three entrances: one to the Nord “ Teatro Ellenistico” (near to the Ancient Theatre and Archaeological Museum), one the East ” Giunone” (near to the Temple of Juno) and one to the West ” Porta V” (near to the ancient Greek gate).
Each one of the entrances to the Valley of the Temples offer this services: Parking, Tickets, Bus, Information.
Visiting some areas on the outskirts of the Valley of the Temples may subject to the presence of custodians.
Valley of the Temples is open daily all year round 8.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Evening visits only during the summer:
from Monday to Friday
entry between 7.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. and exit by 11.00 p.m.
on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
entry 7.30 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. and exit by midnight.
Ticket to the Valley of the Temples and Archaeological Museum: € 13.50 per person.
Free entry for children, younger than 18 years old. 50% discount for EU citizens between 18 and 25 of age
Valley of the Temples: contacts for institutional information
Tel. +39 0922621611
Fax +39 092226438
Coop Culture – Ticket Office “Hellenistic Theatre” : contacts for ticket and information
tel. +39 09221839996
The following coordinates indicate the point of interest
N 37° 17' 46.4''
E 13° 35' 26.63''