Private shore excursion to Old town Girgenti (Historic centre of Agrigento)
Half day tour from Porto Empedocle port of call
Full day tour from Palermo or Catania ports of call
The historical centre of Agrigento (Kerkent to the Arabs, Gergent to the Normans and Girgenti until 1927) is perched on the Hill of Girgenti, a place chosen in the Middle Ages for defensive needs and also for its proximity to the new port, and therefore more favorable to trade. Walk with us through the densely-layered historical centre of Agrigento and explore the maze of tiny alleys, piazzas and side-streets of old Girgenti
The guided tour of the old town of Girgenti starts at the Church of San Calogero (16th c.), situated on the corner of Viale della Vittoria (magnificient vista of the Valley of Temples) Continue to the Porta di Ponte and Via Atenea, the main street, lined on both sides with old palaces built between the 18th and 19th c. by the most notable families: Borsellino, Carbonaro, Costa Noto-Biondi, Granet Caruso. Later, we visit the abbey Church and the Convent of the Holy Spirit (Monastero di Santo Spirito), a splendid example of medieval art and prototype Chiaramonte style in Sicily, by far the most interesting monument of the historical center of Agrigento. Don't miss the almond macaroons, couscous and sugary sweets still prepared by the nuns according to ancient recipes jealously preserved and kept secret. Then, we walk up to the Cathedral, built by San Gerlando at the end of the 11th century, in Arab- Norman style but enlarged and altered throughout the centuries according to changing architectural fashion. Finally, we visit the Church of Santa Maria dei Greci (12th century) built on the remains, still visible, of a Greek temple from 5th c. B.C., perhaps dedicated to Athena
Tour type: private shore trip from Porto Empedocle/ Palermo/ Catania ports of call.
Chauffer- driven. On demand we can provide English speaking driver/ guide and/or licensed tour guide.
Time duration: almost 4 hours from Poarto Empedocle, 7 hours from Palermo or Catania
Driving time: from Porto Empedocle 15 minutes, from Catania and Palermo over two hours
Departure time: on demand
Meeting place for cruisers: Port of call pier: The guide/ driver will hold a sign with clients' name.
Tour cost: depends on the services requested (driver, English speaking driver, licensed tour guide, driver/guide). Please ask for a quote