Valley of the Temples#4 in Best Things To Do in Sicily
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see for many visitors. One TripAdvisor user says "the only thing more difficult than describing the beauty is trying to comprehend the length of its history." The Valley of the Temples, Valle dei Templi, is actually not a valley -- but a ridge, and it's covered with seven temples constructed in the Doric style back in the 5th century B.C. The seven are each dedicated to different deities, including Zeus, Hephaestus, Hera and Heracles.
You'll find this compilation of ruined Greek temples in southwestern Sicily in the town of Agrigento. The Valley of the Temples, which used to be free, now charges about €10 EUR (about $14 USD) per person for admission. The site is open daily and with regular hours from about 9 a.m. to about 7 p.m. Frommer's says, "The temples are especially stunning at night, when they're floodlit." Evening hours run from about 7:30 to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday and from about 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.
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#1 Mount Etna
This fuming mountain, located in the Sicilian province of Catania, is Europe's largest active volcano. The easiest way to get to this majestic natural attraction is to rent a car or join a tour group (Sicily Life and Legendary Sicily are popular companies). Once there, you can hike on some of the craters. But to really reach the heights, you'll need to take a cable car (offered by Funivia dell'Etna) from the Rifugio Sapienza building; this will cost you around €23 EUR or about $32.50 USD. Then, from the cable-car's drop-off you can either climb even higher up the mountain to a safe viewing point or hop in one of the tour trucks for an additional fee.
One pleased TripAdvisor user says, "The landscape is like nothing you have ever seen before, just breathtakingly deserted and lunar-like." The same user recommends being prepared for the altitude and temperature change on the volcano by wearing some kind of waterproof clothing, a warm jacket and some hiking boots, or at least footwear that's somewhat sturdy.
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