When taking a walk in the Valley of the Temples, don’t skip its green heart: the Garden of the Kolymbethra. Located right in the middle of the Valley of the Temples, it is one of the most beautiful naturalistic and archaeological sites in the world. In the 5th century BC the site was a lush open-air water reservoir connected to a complex network of underground aqueducts (hypogeum). On request of the reigning tyrant Theron, the architect Phaeax elaborated an innovative water system for the flourishing city of Akragas, which became ever more prosperous and ambitious after the victory over the Carthaginians in 480 BC. The majority of the underground aqueducts drained into the Kolymbethra, “an enormous basin with a perimeter as large as seven stadiums, a depth of twenty fathoms and a nursery with rare flora and plentiful wild fauna” (Diodorus Siculus, 1st century AD).
It would appear that about a century after its creation this fabulous pool was transformed into an underground reservoir and covered with a vegetable garden which was extremely fertile thanks to a sophisticated irrigation system. As incredible as it seems, thanks to FAI, parts of the underground aqueducts are still open and in use and specialized guides accompany visitors through ancient underground tunnels connecting the Kolymbethra to Gate V, passing under the sacred area. Sicily is renowned for its oranges and lemons: over 660 citrus trees, half of which are very rare species, are cultivated in the Garden of the Kolymbethra. Furthermore, the five hectares of the Garden are divided into different zones were olive trees, almond trees, carob trees and Mediterranean scrub create beautiful contrasts and emotions all year round.
In spring one remains enchanted by the intense fragrance of the orange blossoms, in summer the majestic olive trees offer shade and coolness and in autumn it is possible to admire (and taste!) the spectacular abundance of fruits. Visitors can take a rest and enjoy the fresh beauty of the garden in the picnic area under the trees. The Garden of the Kolymbethra is not only important for its botanical abundance and its history, but also for its cultural events. During the summer season the Garden offers an extraordinary scenery for sunset music and evening entertainment such as concerts and theatre performances, accompanied by a glass of local wine and typical Sicilian appetizers. The Garden is also accessible via the historic train of the Valley of the Temples by Fondazione FS Italiane, which goes from Agrigento to Porto Empedocle. A little Eden is awaiting you.
The Garden of the Kolymbethra is within the Valley of the Temples and can be accessed from the east entrance near the “Temple of Juno” or from the west entrance ” Porta V” (near to the ancient Greek gate).
Then, to visit the Garden it is also necessary to buy ticket to Valley of the Temples.
Guided tours in the garden and group tours in the hypogeum are available on request.
Only during the summer events at the Kolymbethra Garden it is possible to directly access by shuttle bus departing from the parking lot of the Archaeological Museum, without having to pay the entrance ticket to the Valley of the Temples.
We are waiting for you for a visit in total safety in compliance with the anti-Covid regulations in force.
Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (November, December, January, February)
10:00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (March, April, May, June and October)
From 1st to 14th July 2022: 10am – 9.30pm (last admission at 9pm)
From 15 July to 4 September 2022: open from Monday to Thursday 10: 00 am – 9:30pm (last admission at 9:00). Friday, Saturday and Sunday open 10: 00 am – 10: 30 pm (last admission at 10:00 pm) on the occasion of the evening events Sere FAI d’Estate.
Last entry: 30 minutes before closing.
Closed from 9 to 31 January for maintenance.
Reservation and purchase of tickets through the Call center or on CoopCulture website is recommended. Reservation and purchase of tickets for evening events through the FAI website is recommended.
Ticket to the Garden of the Kolymbethra : € 7 per person (children 0-5 years old and FAI Members: free entry)
Combo Ticket: Valley of the Temples + Garden of the Kolymbethra= € 15
Hypogeum visit surcharge: € 8 per person if you has pay combo ticket.
Valley of the Temples: contacts for institutional information
Tel. +39 0922621611
Garden of the Kolymbethra: for information, booking guided tours and excursions to the Hypogeum
tel. +39 3351229042
CoopCulture – Call center: contacts for reservations, tickets and information
tel. +39 09221839996
The following coordinates indicate the point of interest
N 37° 17' 29.98''
E 13° 34' 55.02''
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