Going to Agrigento? Here Are the Best Tours to Do!

So you’re in stunning Sicily, having the time of your life enjoying the landscape, culture and foods the region has to offer. But why not expand on your Italian holiday by exploring the area surrounding Agrigento, in the southern coast of Sicily, with some immersive tours? You’ll learn more about the history, lore, religion and customs of ancient civilizations, and you’ll get in touch with local culture and breathtaking panoramas and sights as you explore the coastline, the rocky inner hillside and archaeological sites. Don’t forget to try the local cuisine on your way, and stock up on unique handcrafted keepsakes from Agrigento.
Here are three ideas of tours you can do during your stay in Sicily and Agrigento, but there are many other options to fit every globetrotter’s needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to organised a guided tour of Agrigento in your language.

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Raffadali and Sant’Angelo Muxaro.

This tour will bring you to the innermost part of the province of Agrigento, to the rocky hillside towns of Raffadali and Sant’Angelo Muxaro. The two towns differ from other surrounding villages for their deep agricultural roots and history. In Sant’Angelo Muxaro, you’ll find ancient remains and ruins of archeological relevance, such as a necropolis, churches and tombs nestles in caves and caverns. The town of Raffadali has a rich history, with items and artefacts from Prehistory stored in local archaeological and natural history museums, all the way to the area’s Greek, Roman and Byzantine roots, visible in the temples and archaeological sites there. Arab influence is also visible in the town of Raffadali in the crops grown and farming techniques employed here, and overall it makes for an incredible melting pot of cultures and customs ready to be discovered. Many churches dot the town and its surroundings and several palaces and monuments decorate the thick network of narrow streets of the city center, lined with traditional stone and plaster houses that make for a remarkable sight. Enjoy the hillside panoramas of the area, known for its agricultural specialties as well as for the production of olive oil and wine. Don’t forget to sample locale produce and dishes as you explore the rich history and tradition centuries upon centuries of ancient civilizations have gifted to this extraordinary piece of land.

Valle dei Templi

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An archaeological site near Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples is the most outstanding and stunning example of Greater Greece art and architecture. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s the park and landscape of the Valley are the largest archaeological site in the world. It’s truly a sight to behold and as you discover the ruins and temples and their history, you’ll be brought back to ancient times. In the Valley, which is actually located on a mountainous ridge near Agrigento, there are seven temples in the Doric style dedicated to Greek deities. Dating back to the 5th century BC, the best preserved example is the Temple of Concordia, but don’t forget about the Temples of Hera, of Olympian Zeus, of Heracles and Juno, as well as other temples and shrines erected to other Greek mythology figures. They all stand in different conditions of preservation, due to the highly seismic nature of the region damaging the ruins, and because most temples still bear the signs of a fire set by the Carthaginians in 406 BC. Other archaeological features and remains can be discovered in the Valley and it will make for a memorable tour, where you’ll learn about history, art and architecture.

Coastline and Mediterranean Sea

Discover the coastal landscapes of Sicily by travelling North-West from Agrigento. This tour will guide you through various immersive experiences: you’ll find archaeological sites, beaches, rocky treks, castles, quaint villages that bear old traditions and customs and much more. Historically, the most relevant stop of this tour for its archaeological relevance will be Eraclea Minoa – with cliffs overlooking the sea and ancient walls, here you’ll see the ruins of theaters, homes and roads; nearby there’s a beach with fine sand and a thick pine grove. Next you’ll visit Sciacca, a town with medieval and Baroque monuments, churches and castles, as well as ancient hot springs; from Sciacca you can take off for hikes and treks towards the inside of the region to the towns of Caltabellotta, with its Norman castle and breathtaking sights, and Sambuca di Sicilia, of Arabian origins with its castles, fortresses and other ancient ruins. Near the town of Realmonte you’ll find more remains of archaeological relevance for an immersive experience that will bring you back many centuries, to the 1st century BC. The whole area is dotted with thermal baths and hot springs, so you can relax in one of the facilities that were established here at the end of a day spent touring the Agrigento region.

Organic Olive Oil Importer in the United Kingdom.

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Emilia Delizia is an official importer and distributor of the Siculum organic PDO olive oils from Sicily, if you are looking for an excellent new product for your shop, deli or chain of stores and you are based in the UK, we would love to arrange a tasting with one of tour representatives and make you discover this incredible product.

All secrets of D.O.P. Siculum Extra virgin Olive Oil

The story of Cugnata family and olive oil production started in the fifties when Vito Cugnata founded the farm Villa Ponte in Chiaramonte Gulfi countryside, in the province of Ragusa. Today run by Silvana and Giovanni Cugnata, the farm consists of 30 hectars of land cultivated with 2500 trees of the Tonda Iblea olive variety.

The flavourful extra virgin olive oil produced in the Villa Ponte farm has been named Siculum and is excellent on seafood, pasta, meat and vegetables. After the D.O.P. recognition, the Siculum olive oil has received many national and international prizes and honorable mentions at numerous competitions from 2002 to nowadays.

Features of Siculum DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Because of its exclusive aroma, you would hardly forget a meal where the main dishes have been dressed with this special green-golden olive oil. Delicate on the mouth as you first taste it, it will leave a sweet aroma balanced with notes of herbs and fruits.

The Secrets Behind a Good Olive Oil.

Cugnata family is determined to produce an oil that sells well. To do this you can’t escape from the basic rules lying behind its production. But the very best moment of the whole process, comes before the pressure. The hand picking method and consecutive pressure within 24 hour, are the key factors that allow to keep all olives organoleptic properties.
Then follows an accurate estraction with the dedicated presses and a perfect storage in appropriate stainless steel tanks certificated AISI 304 to preserve all olive oil flavor and taste.

Flavoured Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oils.

Villa Ponte also produce innovative and modern olive oils flavored with the amazing citrus fruits. In the range you will find extra virgin olive oil flavoured with Sicilian mandarins, lemons and and oranges. You can add a touch of freshness and Mediterranean zest to your salads or marinades.

The King of Mediterranean Diet.

In general, it is a good thing to follow a Mediterranean diet rich of fruit and vegetables to keep you healthy. What is more, it is demonstrated that monounsaturated fat helps to maintain good conditions when people are affected from heart diseases, diabetes, Alzheimers and cancers.

For this reason, you should always prefer to dress salads with olive oil and use it in all recipes rather then butter, also to prevent any disease. Buying Siculum extra virgin olive oil is the best choice for the whole family.

Interested in this product? Please get in touch.

 

 

A gourmet tour in Taormina and Catania

Taormina and Catania, two main tourist destinations situated along the Ionic coast blessed with mild climate, fishing ports and delicious food can be part of a gourmet itinerary for foodies.

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a lovely view of Taormina – source

Spaghetti ai ricci di mare in Taormina

Taormina, this jewel by the Ionian Sea, is situated on a promontory from where you can enjoy wonderful views of the coast and the tip of Mount Etna dominating the landscape. This place rich in history on the hill, offers pebbled beaches, sparkling waters and the naturalistic site of Isola Bella at its feet. So you can combine an inspiring cultural tour in the city centre – to visit the Roman Greek Theatre, San Nicola Cathedral, the Public Gardens, Palazzo Corvaja – and summer vacations aiming at its beaches.

If you love to have a nice stroll, meet locals, buy souvenirs or have a tasty granita for breakfast, do a tour in Corso Umberto and Piazza del Duomo. Gourmet travellers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to taste authentic Sicilian food in one of the many typical restaurants.

Spaghetti ai ricci di mare is the signature dish of this area that you should definitely taste it before leaving Sicily. This mouthwatering first course is based on sea urchins which give to the dish an incredible flavour. You can taste Spaghetti ai ricci di mare and other great seafood recipes – such as Zuppa di Pesce and Fritto Misto – in the downtown but also in the nice restaurants located along the beach, so to hear the gentle sound of the waves splashing by the Isola Bella’s cliff.

Pasta con le sarde in Catania

If you’re ready to leave the touristy site of Taormina – favourite summer getaway – plunge into the crowded city of Catania for another taste of Sicily.

While it’s not hard to meet locals in Taormina, in Catania it’s unavoidable! The fish market, in particular, is the ideal place to get a glimpse of what happens in the early mornings of this town at the feet of the majestic Etna Volcano. Soon after the first morning lights, people and traders’ shouts flood the lava stone streets and so does the strong fish flavour. The Pescheria – famous Catania daily fish market – is the right place to buy sardines, tuna, anchovies, swordfish and seafood. You can access to the Pescheria from Via Garibaldi or Via Pacini, just off the wonderful Cathedral of Saint Agata.

If you have an appetite for fish, stop by a typical restaurant near Piazza Duomo and order Pasta con le Sarde (“pasta chi sardi” in Sicilian dialect) as first course. The main ingredient are pasta and the European pilchard (sarde in Italian), caught in the Mediterranean Sea from March to September. The pasta is enriched with the unique aroma of Florence fennel.

After lunch, visit the great Baroque monuments of Catania – characterized by details made of lava stone – and the downtown, which are a World Heritage Site.

During your trip to Sicily enjoy nightlife both in Catania and in Taormina. For example, you can join exclusive night clubs in Catania or take part to the important theatrical season in the Theatre of Taormina.

At the end of your holiday in Sicily, you won’t forget the lemon scent surrounding the countryside and the warmth of people saying “Buongiorno” with a smile!

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The Peschiera – fishmarket in catania – source