Agrigento – first stop on Sicily holidays

After an early start – 6.30 ferry to Pozzallo, we headed to our first destination – Agrigento via Ragusa.
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We had an early lunch of bruschettas followed by wonderful ice creams at Gelateria di Vini.
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We tried the following flavours :olive oil, marsala wine, rose wine, carob, chocolate with a chilli kick. It is a shame we couldn’t fit more scoops in our tummies as the choice of flavours was amazing.

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After lunch we went straight to Agrigento. The town itself is not really enticing from far away. We passed the Valley of the temples and headed to our hotel tucked in the old town behind the ugly tower blocks. On the first night we were lucky to park outside but unfortunately the next 2,we had to leave the car at the municipal car park which costs 1 euro per hour which is quite a lot… We settled in the hotel and came across a wonderful restaurant recommended on TripAdvisor – Opera. The food was that good that we came there the next night as well.
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The next day we headed to Valley of the Temples. We read that hiring an English speaking guide will make the experience even better so we did so. Unfortunately, our guide seem to have a very limited knowledge of the place and whenever we asked any particular question, she would be dumbfounded. The place itself is worth seeing anyway and we had a great day out of it.
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The next day we had a lazy day on the beach. We managed to find a completely deserted one where we did a bit of skinny dipping 🙂
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Of course, they’re had to be a bit of food involved. For lunch we tried some local dishes – pasta with sardines and seafood risotto.
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To sum up, first few days were enjoyable but now I can see we could have a shorter stay in Agrigento – we spent 3 nights there and we could go to nicer and more interesting places in Sicily, and believe me they’re are many.
By the way, our mantra here is :drive on the right, drive on the right, as already twice we were flashed by cars when we started driving on the wrong side of the road…
Next stop – Erice!

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