In 210 BC Akragas succumbed to the influence of the Roman Empire. In the 2nd century BC Polybius was fascinated by the extraordinary splendour of Agrigentum, the regularity of its urban structure and its noble dwellings. Part of an elegant residential quarter, located in proximity of the archaeological museum, has been excavated and can be visited. As this residential area had developed over pre-existing structures between the 2nd century BC and the 4th century AD, the remains of both Hellenistic and Pompeian villas, some with porticoes and others with mosaic floors, have been found. The Hellenistic-Roman Quarter, however, has maintained the original urban structure over the centuries: the dwellings are built on a perpendicular grid composed of cardine (streets running in a North-South direction) and decumani (streets running in an East-West direction), thereby creating insulae (blocks of houses). This urban layout is identical to the original Greek model, defined by plateiai and stenopoi and introduced by Hippodamus of Miletus. Besides villas, several taverns and shops have also been identified, as well as an elegant Roman domus with a thermal bath. The Hellenistic Theater and a Roman Temple have recently been identified just near the Hellenistic Quarter. Freeing own imagination between these places is easy: imagine yourself immerged in daily life of the ancient city, at the time when the Greek city of “Akràgas” became the Roman “Agrigentum”.
The Archaeological Park has three entrances: one to the North “ 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: €10 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 + Archaeological Museum = € 13.50
Valley of the Temples + Garden of the Kolymbethra= € 15.00
Valley of the Temples: contacts for institutional information
Tel. +39 0922621611
Fax +39 092226438
Coop Culture – Ticket Office “Teatro Ellenistico” : contacts for ticket and information
tel. +39 09221839996
The following coordinates indicate the point of interest
N 37° 17' 49.6''
E 13° 35' 30.12''