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temples at Agrigento in Sicily

Does anyone know how long my husband and I should allow for a visit to the temples? We will probably not go into the museum. Rick's books do such a good job of addressing these things - I wish he had a book for Sicily. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, Velda

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velda, I would allow at least two hours, if you plan on just wandering around the site on your own. You might also consider hiring a local Guide, as that makes the visit SO much more interesting. Rick does have a (small) book for Sicily, but so far he has only made it available to Sicily tour members. I expect this might eventually be published as a "Snapshot Guide" at some point in the future (hopefully soon). You might also check the Lonely Planet website, as they offer PDF downloads of individual chapters of their Guidebooks for only $4.95 each. Happy travels!

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The archeological zone in Agrigento is huge, and is actually divided into two parts. Take plenty of water and sun protection if it's sunny/hot, there is almost no shade. Two hours for the main part of the site can be done, I took longer but I tend to dawdle at ruins. The museum is very good and not too large, you could probably just take an hour to see it if you change your mind.

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Hello Ken and Zoe, Thank you so much for the information. I'm trying to piece together our trip in Dec. The day that I was planning for Agrigento, in the afternoon, happens to be a Monday (Dec. 23rd..) and the site closes at 1PM. Now I have to rethink my "grand" plan. Knowing how much time to allow at the site is very helpful. I did buy the most recent Lonely Planet book for Southern Italy and Sicily but it does not give the same level of useful timing info. that Rick's books generally do. Again, thanks and I'll probably cry for help repeatedly as the trip is coming together. All the best, Velda

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Not ananswer to your question; but if you're in Sicily in December, be sure to peek into some of the churches to see the creches. I think it was in Agrigento that we saw the most delightful one - - a Sicilian village scene with people, animals, houses, barns, churches, etc. You put in a small coin, and the lights went on. A stream started to flow; a mill wheel turned; and the figures moved. Oh and yes, there was a manger with the baby Jesus.