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Kolymbetra Garden (Giardino della Kolymbethra)
Kolymbetra Garden (Giardino della Kolymbethra)

Kolymbetra Garden (Giardino della Kolymbethra)

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Valle dei Templi, Agrigento

The basics

Both a garden and an archaeological site, this FAI (the Italian National Heritage Trust) oasis is thick with groves of trees and hundreds of species of plants that are labeled for easy identification. Once home to a network of underground tunnels (hypogea) and a large basin (Kolymbetra) that was used to supply water to the ancient Greek city of Akragas, the area became a lush garden under the Moors in the ninth century and then a stop on the Grand Tour in the 1800s. Today, you can still explore the remains of the Greek aqueduct system inside the garden, as well as take in views of the Greek temples of Agrigento from below. Book tickets to the site in advance to avoid waiting in line at the entrance.

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Things to know before you go

  • Though archaeology buffs will especially enjoy checking out the remains of the hypogea, the lush vegetation offers a cool respite for everyone.
  • The hypogea tunnels are covered, but most of the garden is outdoors and a hat and sunscreen are vital in Sicily’s scorching summer heat.
  • The paths inside the garden are not paved, so the area is only partially accessible to wheelchair users. Contact the garden in advance to arrange access via the northern entrance.
  • There are a number of shaded areas with picnic tables; food and drink are allowed inside the garden.
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How to get there

The Kolymbetra Garden (Giardino della Kolymbethra) is located outside Agrigento, at the base of the Valley of the Temples. You can easily visit via bus or car on a day trip from Taormina, Catania, Syracuse, or Palermo.

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When to get there

Temperatures in Sicily can soar at midday in summer, so visit the garden in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the worst of the heat. You can also pack a picnic and enjoy an alfresco lunch at one of the shaded outdoor tables after visiting the nearby Valley of the Temples.

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The Greek Ruins in the Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

The Giardino della Kolymbethra sits at the foot of the Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), home to seven ancient Greek temples that are considered some of the best preserved in the world. This UNESCO-listed site covers a ridge just outside Agrigento, and includes the intact temples of Juno Lacinia and Concordia, as well as five other Doric-style temples dating from the fifth and sixth centuries BC.

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