Agrigento and Scala dei Turchi

Particularly famous for its wonderful Valle dei Templi, Agrigento also boasts other beauty and artistic testimonies, including religious architecture and museums. The archaeological area of Valle dei Templi is all that remains of the ancient city of Akragas, and boasts 10 temples, necropolises, graves, gates and a theater, all in an astonishing state of preservation. In Agrigento you can visit also wonderful churches. Some of them are the Church of San Francesco di Paola, the Church of San Domenico, the Parish of St. Joseph, and the Church of Our Lady of the Angels.

In the province of Agrigento, there is the famous “Scala dei Turchi” (literally “stairs of the Turks”): it is a wall of limestone rock with its distinctive white color and irregular and wavy shapes, with sweet and rounded lines. Its name derives from the Saracen pirates, known as the “Turks”, who were often sheltered in this area, being less exposed to the winds and thus offering a safe harbor.