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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Located in Agrigento in southwest Sicily, this more than 2,000-acre archeological site dates back to fifth century B.C. and includes the remains of numerous Greek temples. A highlight is the Temple of Concordia, which is known as one of the greatest remaining Doric temples (along with the Parthenon in Athens) and which was later converted to a Christian church. Other highlights include the remains of aqueducts, mosaic floors and a tomb.

Past visitors said it's worth visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site and recommended allowing at least half a day, if not a full day to explore the area. Others suggested timing your visit for the cooler months, as the ruins are actually situated on a ridge (not in a valley, as its name suggests) and the temperatures in the summer can get quite hot.

The site is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and tickets start at 12 euros (about $13.40) per person. Admission is free the first Sunday of every month. Audio guides are available for an additional 5 euros (around $5.50). A bookshop, restrooms and a cafe are located on-site, though reviewers say the cafe prices are expensive. You can reach the area by car, train or bus. Many visitors choose to make a daytrip from Palermo to Agrigento; it's about a two-hour drive or a two-hour train ride. For more information, visit the official website.

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