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Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)
Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)

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Piazza Archeologica 1, Via Panoramica Dei Templi, Taormina, Sicily

The Basics

The Greeks built several Doric temples on a ridge just outside their ancient city, now Agrigento, and the remains of seven of those impressive temples are now protected as part of the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside this vast 3,200-acre (1,295-hectare) site, you can view the largely intact remains of the Temple of Juno Lacinia and the Temple of Concordia, both constructed in the fifth century BC, and five other Doric-style temples built between the fifth and sixth centuries BC. The park also includes an archaeological museum and a structure that archaeologists believe was once a war memorial to Roman soldiers.

The best way to visit is on a private tour that includes transportation from Agrigento. Because the archaeological site covers such a large area, joining a walking tour led by an expert guide guarantees that you won’t miss any important ruins. You must purchase a ticket to enter the park, and lines at the ticket office can be especially long in summer, so consider booking a tour that includes skip-the-line tickets.

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Agrigento and Valley of the Temples Day Trip from Palermo
Agrigento and Valley of the Temples Day Trip from Palermo
$78.38 per adult
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Excellent tour with our driver Joshua
These Temple are worth a visit, our driver Joshua was very attentive towards everyone in the group he even went the extra mile and took us to the Turkish steps even though it was not part of the itinerary. Joshua was very polite and this is the first time that a driver on a tour did not ask for a tip at the end of the journey. Thank you Joshua keep up the good work.
Antida, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Taormina

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The Optimal tour of Agrigento
Sunghwan S, Jan 2020
Private 8 hour tour to Agrigento (Valley of the Temples) from Palermo
The car was spacious and very clean with waters for us. Baby seat was ready as requested. When arrived, local guide Giovanna greeted us and lead us to full 2 hour guide of the temple. Without her explanation, this tour is worthless. And her recommedation of lunch restaurant after tour was alao superb! In conclusion, professional and children friendly tour for the family.
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Great day
Frances_w, Oct 2020
Agrigento and Valley of the Temples Day Trip from Palermo
A dream come true going to the temples. The courier was knowledgeable and informative, small number of passengers on the bus... Quite a long day....
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Great tour
Pablorg29, Nov 2019
Agrigento and Valley of the Temples Day Trip from Palermo
In my case it was a tour with few people. The guide, Michael gave us many tips to better enjoy the trip
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A fantastic day with our driver Manuel
Excursion145156, Oct 2019
Villa Romana Del Casale in Piazza Armerina and Valley Of Temples in Agrigento
We had a wonderful tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Manuel was a wonderful driver and guide. He could not do enough for us. The temples were amazing and are a must see. A private tour is the best way to do this. Thoroughly recommended.
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Amazing guided tour of Agrigento
Michele H, Sep 2019
2-hour Private Valley of the Temples Tour in Agrigento
We are very happy that we decided to have a private guide to visit the Valley of the Temples as it really helped us to understand the history behind these incredible temples. 2 1/2 hours is the perfect amount of time to absorb these amazing ruins. Our tour guide was very engaging and we loved all the extra stories and of course visiting and feeding the cashmere sheep. Totally recommend
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Disappointed with surly driver, arrived late, refused to speak to us, and no museum visit or stop on journey
Pamela H, Aug 2019
Agrigento and Valley of the Temples Day Trip from Palermo
Temples are well worth a visit. Queues were an hour for security and entrance in 37'C heat. This would have been less but our driver abandoned us at the entrance. Our tour comprised two minibuses, the other driver escorted his group to the tours and groups entrance so they were fast tracked in!!! Not us, we didn't even know where to go. He wouldn't speak to us in English, just pointed his finger towards the huge queues of people. We also wasted time queuing for toilets as there was no stop on route for breakfast and toilets as expected from itinerary, and we were also hungry. Our driver was also very late, by 20 mins, which added to the "be there 15 mins early" meant we were standing for 35 mins with nowhere to sit. We enjoyed the temples, interesting notes about how they were built too. The main road through is wide and the site more accessible than expected. Not much shade. Reasonably priced sandwiches at the restaurant, limited menu but very acceptable. We also wasted half an hour at the cafe at the pick up point after tour. We were then told we were NOT stopping at the Museum as in our itinerary but were going straight back to Palermo. Expecting to go to the Museum we had purchased tickets for Temples AND Museum at an extra 4 Euros each so really disappointed and annoyed, after all if the driver had arrived on time we would have had time for the breakfast and comfort stop. If he had taken us as a group to fast track our entrance ( as the other driver did for his group) we would have been finished early enough to have an hour at the Museum. We expected a guide for the Temples but no guide for us. Our driver refused to speak to us in English and used a young Italian in our tour group to translate yet a young Irish girl said he spoke excellent English when he picked her up from her residence, possibly as she was giving him extra as she was staying outside Palermo. One of our group is diabetic so the missed breakfast stop was very distressing for him and made him feel very unwell which obviously spoiled the trip for him. There were two minibuses travellng together from Palermo, we didnt have a guide for the temples as expected. I think the other driver DID escort his group comprising the same number of people as in our group, his name is Michael and he was my driver for a different trip to Etna and Taormina and he was brilliant, very talkative, stopped on route, took us to the front of the queue for the funicular, wish we'd had him for the Temples

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Valley of the Temples is a must-see for archaeology and ancient history buffs.

  • Entry to the Valley of the Temples is ticketed; book skip-the-line tickets in advance to avoid waiting around.

  • Kids enjoy exploring the park, but to maximize their experience consider booking a private tour with a local guide who offers family-friendly tours.

  • The park is outdoors, so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen in summer, and always wear comfortable shoes.

  • The Valley of the Temples is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The Valley of the Temples archaeological park is located in the olive-tree–covered hills outside Agrigento. You can easily visit on a day trip from Taormina, Catania, Syracuse, or Palermo.

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When to Get There

The Valley of the Temples archaeological site is almost entirely open air, so it’s best visited on mild days. In summer, arrive in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat of midday. Valley of the Temples tours also run on summer evenings, so you can enjoy the temples dramatically lit.

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Visiting the Villa Romana del Casale

Not far from the Valley of the Temples, Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina is an ancient Roman hunting lodge and thermal baths decorated with the largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Consider visiting both of these sights on a single combined tour.

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