Agrigento – Day 1 – Part 4 – An Outdoor Art Gallery

The charm of Agrigento’s old town becomes more and more apparent, the higher up its narrow streets you climb.

Walking through the streets of the Centro Storico, the historical center of Agrigento, was like walking through an open air art museum.  It was a wonderful experience!  The best part of it was that we were practically the only people around.  Even though Agrigento is a popular tourist destination for people visiting Sicily, the crowds are mainly found in the Valley of the Temples, not in the city itself.  That is a shame, as the city is really quite lovely, and very interesting in its own right.

As we were exploring, we passed a restaurant that had a menu that looked quite interesting, and since it was a Saturday, we thought it would be best if we made a dinner reservation for later that day.

The two buildings pictured below make up the Porta di Ponte, one of the city’s main meeting points, and an entryway into the historical center.  The gate takes its name from the fact that there used to be a ravine there, with a bridge crossing it.  The ravine was filled in during the 1700s, and now, a simple road leads into the city.  The gate, however, still functions as a reference point for the citizens of Agrigento, most of whom pass through it at least once a day, if not more often.


Next up: A visit to two beautiful churches, and much more, as we continue to explore Agrigento!


Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations that may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Agrigento, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie!


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