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Sicily Walking Tours: City Tours

Tour of the Valley of the Temples


Exploring the Valley of the Temples: A Gateway to Ancient Greece

A Tour of the Valley of the Temples with Your Own Italy offers a profound journey back in time to one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. Located in Agrigento, Sicily, the Valley of the Temples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stands as a testament to the grandeur of Ancient Greece. This personalized tour immerses you in the history and beauty of this remarkable site, where the ruins of magnificent Doric temples overlook the Mediterranean Sea, telling tales of a civilization that flourished over two thousand years ago.

Exploring the Valley of the Temples: A Gateway to Ancient Greece

Temple of Concordia
Begin your exploration at the Temple of Concordia, one of the best-preserved Doric temples in the world, dating back to the 5th century BC. Marvel at its imposing structure, with 34 columns still standing, and learn about the architectural techniques that have allowed it to withstand the test of time.

Temple of Hera (Juno)
Next, visit the Temple of Hera, also known as the Temple of Juno, perched on a hill offering stunning views of the surrounding valley and the sea. Discover the history of this temple, dedicated to the goddess of marriage and childbirth, and admire its remnants, including several columns and the altar where ancient rituals were performed.

Temple of Heracles
Continue to the Temple of Heracles, the oldest temple in the valley, dedicated to one of the most revered heroes of Greek mythology. Although only a few columns have been re-erected, the size and scale of the ruins provide insight into the temple’s original grandeur and the significance of Heracles in Ancient Greek religion.

Temple of Zeus
The tour also includes a visit to the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, which was once one of the largest Doric temples ever constructed. Though it lies in ruins today, the temple’s massive size and the giant atlases (telamones) that once supported its structure evoke the power and ambition of the ancient city of Akragas.

The Garden of Kolymbetra
Conclude your tour with a visit to the Garden of Kolymbetra, an ancient garden located within the Valley of the Temples. This lush oasis, filled with citrus groves, almond trees, and ancient olive trees, is a serene retreat that showcases the rich agricultural heritage of Sicily.

Your Own Italy: Unveiling Sicily’s Ancient Wonders
With Your Own Italy, your tour of the Valley of the Temples is tailored to provide an in-depth understanding of this ancient site’s historical and cultural significance. Whether you’re a history buff, an archaeology enthusiast, or simply captivated by the beauty of ancient ruins, we ensure your experience is as enriching as it is unforgettable.

Embark on Your Journey to the Past
Are you ready to explore the majestic Valley of the Temples and walk in the footsteps of the ancients? Contact Your Own Italy to plan your personalized tour. Discover the enduring legacy of Ancient Greece in Sicily and let the awe-inspiring ruins of Agrigento transport you back in time.

What's Included

Embark on a journey back in time to the Valley of the Temples Archaeological Park, where the grandeur of ancient Greece unfolds in the heart of Sicily. Your personal guide will meet you in the lobby of your accommodations, leading you to this remarkable site that stands as a testament to the sophisticated culture and architectural prowess of the ancient Greeks on the island.

Experience Highlights:

Personal Guide Meeting: Start your day with the convenience of a personal guide meeting you at your accommodations, ready to share insights and stories of ancient civilizations.
Journey to the Valley of the Temples: Travel to one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world, where the legacy of ancient Greece is immortalized in Sicily.
Explore Greek Architecture: Witness the majesty of Greek temples, amphitheaters, tombs, and government buildings, each telling its own story of a civilization that thrived here over 2,500 years ago.
Private Tour Experience: Enjoy a tailored tour that focuses on your interests, with detailed explanations of the site’s history, architecture, and the daily life of its ancient inhabitants.

This private tour of the Valley of the Temples Archaeological Park offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the ancient world, where the echoes of the past meet the beauty of the Sicilian landscape, all brought to life through the expertise of your personal guide.


Tips for Your Valley of the Temples Tour

Wear Comfortable Shoes: Be prepared for walking on uneven paths and exploring extensive archaeological sites.
Sun Protection: The Sicilian sun can be strong, especially in the open areas of the valley, so sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are recommended.
Water: Stay hydrated by bringing along a water bottle, as exploring the site can take several hours.
Camera: The Valley of the Temples offers breathtaking views and photo opportunities, so ensure your camera or smartphone is ready.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.