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Sicily, a cradle of history

and a hotbed of stories

There is more to Sicily than just gorgeous landscapes. Due to its central position in the heart of the Mediterranean, this triangle-shaped island has always been a melting pot of peoples and cultures, the common ground on which East and West encountered each other – and the arena on which they clashed.
A cradle of culture and innovation, and the battlefield for fierce power struggles – Sicily’s historical identity encompasses all this and more. Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Normans and Spaniards: all the greatest Mediterranean civilisations made their mark on the cultural landscape of the island, bestowing upon it a heritage so vast that even today, after thousands of years, scores of visitors from all over the world swarm to Sicily to gaze upon it.

The Province of Agrigento, on the south-western coast of Sicily, is renowned for its extraordinary abundance of cultural treasures and sights. At ADLER Spa Resort SICILIA, we organise day trips and cultural tours to offer you privileged access to the most beautiful and authentic places the area has to offer – the very places that for centuries have been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for painters, philosophers, poets and writers.

Only 30 kilometres separate ADLER Spa Resort SICILIA from the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) – a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as one of the most legendary and best-preserved testaments to the Hellenistic civilisation. "Sicily would be worth a visit even if it had nothing else to offer but the Temple of Concordia and the remains of ancient Akragas." These words were written by no less than an awe-struck Johann Wolfgang Goethe after his visit to the Valley of the Temples.
But despite its impressive spread of majestic stone temples, this archaeological site actually has a green heart. At the foot of the temple-strewn hill lies Giardino della Kolymbethra, a fabulous Sicilian garden where rare Mediterranean plants thrive, supplied with water by a network of underground aqueducts (hypogea) dating back over one thousand years. Poets of antiquity used to compare it to the Garden of Eden, and Sicilian Nobel laureate for literature Luigi Pirandello wrote of it in his works.
Perhaps it is no coincidence that Pirandello’s house of birth, now a museum, is located a stone’s throw from the archaeological site.

These are just a few of the world-famous attractions the area of Agrigento has to offer. Then there are the hidden gems – places of lesser fame but equal beauty and value. One such gem is Naro, one of Sicily’s most ancient towns, where Arab-Norman architecture blends beautifully with the splendour of Sicilian baroque.

Closer to the coast, Palma di Montechiaro is a charming little town with historical walls and winding alleys, which provided the inspiration for “The Leopard” – written by Sicilian author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and later made into an award-winning film by Luchino Visconti.

In this cultural district that also gave birth to Andrea Camilleri and Leonardo Sciascia a few kilometers from Agrigento there is a rather unexpected place, reborn like a phoenix from the "ashes" of an abandoned and degraded stoic center: it is the Farm Cultural Park of Favara . Thanks to an urban recovery project, Favara today hosts an open-air contemporary art museum and welcomes artists and architects from all over the world.

Naturally, there is much, much more than this to be explored, from picture-postcard inland villages to natural masterpieces such as Scala dei Turchi, and the coastal towns of Sciacca and Licata with their bustling harbours, vibrant streets and stunning sea views.

Will you come with us on a discovery journey in Sicily?