Agrigento, Italian Capital of Culture in 2025

The Sicilian city of Agrigento, famed for its rich archaeological heritage, will be the Italian Capital of Culture in 2025. Located on Sicily's southern coast, Agrigento is best known for its archaeological area, the Valley of the Temples, which has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Tangible Heritage site since 1997. Founded as a Greek colony in the sixth century BC, Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean region.

Founded in 581 BC. from the Rodii and Cretan colonists of nearby Gela, Akragas quickly became one of the most important cities of Magna Graecia, in Sicily second only to Syracuse.
Central element of the identity of the town is the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples. Which, with its 1300 hectares, is one of the largest archaeological sites in the world.
The landscape heritage of the Park, from a naturalistic and agricultural point of view, is very varied and of extraordinary beauty, the result of the mingling of original natural elements and the millenary action of man. To the more widespread arboreal component within the Park, consisting of extensive almond orchards and olive groves, are added, in the more fertile areas, the vineyards for the production of wine grapes. Inside the park, the Temple of Concordia is one of the best preserved temples in the world.
Agrigento has been nominated as Italian Capital of Culture 2025 and is included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.