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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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There are many lovely islands off the coast of Sicily, and the hardest part may be choosing which ones to see. A popular choice is the Aeolian Islands, located near Messina and composed of seven main islands, which were created by active volcanoes. There you will find incredible sites like a Greek acropolis, a Norman cathedral, beautiful beaches, volcanic vents and even lava running into the sea.

Past visitors recommended visiting Stromboli volcano (seeing it at night when erupting is extra spectacular), the Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano on Lipari, the Scalata al Cratere on Isola Vulcano and Chiesa Vecchia di Quattropani on Lipari, as well.

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