Photogallery: Italy, Sicily: Valle dei Templi I.
Italy, Sicily: Valle dei Templi I.
heading (paragraph): Sights
No. of pictures: 16 pictures
Valle dei Templi is only a mere shadow of the then monumental Greek complex which was a pride of the predecessor of Agrigento - Akragas. Despite that, you can still feel the atmosphere of its former glory.
Text/photo: Maxim Kucer
In Sicily there are many places, for that its residents can be proud, but Valle dei Templi means more than the others and if you visit it, you will remember long time.
From continental Italy, we will head to Sicily, a lively and noisy island, where you can hear the salesmen in the markets screaming that their tomatoes are the best ones. On the streets you will hear the locals loudly talking about everything. Even if you have some basics in Italian, it is possible that you often do not understand the local because Sicily speaks with its own dialect.
Italy is, among other things, the ideal destination for health tourism. The local spas are not just hot springs, they will always offer something extra, whether cultural activities or beautiful surroundings. Let's have a look around.
Almost every Italian city boasts an architecturally interesting monument. Parma is no exception. In the city, you can discover a private palace on any corner of one of the wealthy families here. However, today we are heading for the most visited secular monuments of secular architecture in the heart of the city.
Italy is a country where we can admire many churches from different periods. Parma itself has over sixty. The city offers visitors an architectural and gourmet experience, which certainly cannot do without visiting a church. The sacral buildings attract not only their spiritual atmosphere, but also their art. Come with us to visit a few of them and learn what art jewels are hiding under their vaults.
More than two thirds of Sardinia are covered by mountains. They do not reach dizzying heights, but you will find beautiful and unspoiled nature. It is therefore not surprising that this island is a popular outdoor Mediterranean destination with interesting treks. If there is a place in Sardinia where it will feel completely small, it is the Su Gorropu canyon. The rock sides of the gorge rise to a height of 500 meters, making it the deepest gorge in Europe.
When we say Costa Smeralda, probably each of us imagines an emerald coast, luxury yachts and probably the most famous resort of millionaires and the whole of Sardinia - Porto Cervo. But the Costa Smeralda is something more. It impressed us thanks to the breathtaking beaches we were able to visit and the unusual architecture.
Traveling during the corona crisis brings with it considerable positives. One of them is that the number of tourists has been reduced to a minimum, so you can be completely alone on some beaches. We did it too. Let's take a look today at the northwest of the island, which offers beautiful beaches, diverse nature and true tranquility.
West Sardinia is completely different from other parts. It is not mountainous, but it is rough, windy, wooded, almost flat and was a pleasant surprise for us at the end. I suddenly feel like I'm on another island, in another country.
Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island, with an area of 25,426 km² occupying 8.4% of Italy. It is about 3 times smaller than the Czech Republic. The way here is very easy. Probably every second airline flies here.
After the first day in Sicily, we decided to exchange walks through the city for a day of climbing a hill overlooking. Since we were moving near Monte Cofano, which is located in the reserve Riserva Naturale Orientata Monte Cofano, we were quite clear.
San Vito Lo Capo is located on a narrow promontory of the northwestern part of the island. And for many people, it meets all the conditions for a great day. It is located about 55 km from Palermo and is adjacent to the Zingaro Nature Reserve. This place offers beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and magnificent views of the Monte Monaco mountains.
There are up to twenty thousand ghost towns all over Italy, yes, it's an incredible number. It is due to frequent earthquakes and landslides, and thus unsatisfactory conditions for agriculture and life. Today we will visit the most famous depopulated cities and learn about their past and present.
Palermo, Catania, and Messina, these are Sicily's largest cities.
Cefalu, a home to 14 thousand, is located in the beautiful locality on Sicily's northern coast. The town is adorned by a small, cozy fishing harbor. It small historic center features narrow streets with a huge Norman cathedral in them. Close to the center, there is a sand beach.
Most of Canova’s well-known statues exist in some form as plaster models, they are of marble as well. It shows masters effort to make his work perfect.
Today we visit ancient city of Padova and its medieval streets in northern Italy.
Today we continue in our walks through Genoa, one of the main cities of Italian culture and history. In the last weeks we have learned something on Piazza Ferrari or Piazza Giacomo Matteoti. Today we look at another parts of the city, hopefully we help you to get in the mood for the summer and give you inspiration for prospective vacation.
Bolzano is a center of Tridentsko-Horní Adiže region. In four years, it will be centennial commemoration of the time when this once Austrian-Hungarian territory known s Deutschsüdtirol was annexed by Italy.
Picturesque city. Even though these two words don’t usually come along in case of Bolzano they do.
Arco is a paradise for climbers in Italy. There are more than 20 climbing areas of varying difficulties and lengths. Everybody, boulders or fans of ferratas, will love the place. The town is a very pleasant place. Its picturesque town center has many restaurants and also climbers’ stores. A castle is the main landmark of Arco. It guards the town from the heights.
Mountainous, green Gargano peninsula is located in Puglia, a south-Italian region. Except for holidaymakers, the peninsula is popular among European botanists for there are up to 85 species of orchid, and remains of Mediterranean forest known as Foresta Umbra.
Towns and cities in northern Italy ensure its world fame and attention of many art enthusiast. These towns were built during the 14th and 16th centuries by rich townsmen and fans of antic culture. The word renaissance is derived from Italian word rinascito (rebirth), i.e. renewed admiration of art, literature and values of antic Rome.
The second largest town on Sicily is situated on the slopes of Europe’s highest active volcano, Mount Etna. You can get to Sicily by plane easily. Count with a transfer in Rome or Naples. Perhaps you will be lucky and find a cheap direct flight. Buses ride from the airport to the city center. However, mind that locals don’t know much English. Therefore, take a dictionary with you. And be careful when arriving at night. In the district next to the city center there are high rates of criminality. They will warn you about this at your hotel.
The capital of the autonomous region of Sicily and Italia's fifth largest city- Palermo is situated in the north of the island. Everyone who likes history, architecture, and great cuisine would love it here. The city was founded in the 8th century BCE. Its strategic location made in an important trade and political center. For hundreds of years the city was under the rule of the Arabs and you can still notice their influence on city's architecture, or even cuisine today.
Near the southern coast of the island is a sleepy town with beautiful streets.
One evening six years ago I saw a very good documentary film in TV - The Beauty of European Shore. Among every destination presented my attention attracted the Aeolian Islands located in southern part of Italy right next to Sicily. They consist of seven populated islands.
Ancient Etruscan and later Roman city is located near the Apennine Mountains in northern Italy. The city is in the heart of the region of Emilia Romagna and on its borders flow the rivers of Panaro and Secchia.
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Explore with us once again the mighty ruins of ancient city of Akragas.
Text/photo: Maxim Kucer