Agrigento archaeological museum tour
A guided tour of the "Pietro Griffo" archaeological museum and upper agorà
The regional archaeological museum "Pietro Griffo" is located on the hillock of San Nicola, in the heart of ancient city where the villa of Ciantro Panitteri once stood. . It is certainly one of the most important and most visited archaeological museums of Sicily. Designed by Franco Minissi, the modern museum building incorporates old restored remains (Cloister of St. Nicholas)
The museum of Agrigento offers a fine introduction to the spendours of ancient Akragas and gives an insight into the life of the Greek settlers
Our guided tour of the Archaeological Museum begins outside in front of the gothic portal of the Cistercian Church of St. Nicholas with its magnificent Romanesque facade. We stop to admire the view of the Temples, the remains of the upper agora with the ekklesiasterion (assembly meeting place) from the time of Timoleon and the cloister of a Cistercian monastery. We continue inside and visit the main rooms displaying figurines, ex- votoes, local pottery (Dinos with triskeles from 7 century BC) and Attic vases (among them, the crater with scene of sacrifice, the one with Perseus and Andromeda and the "vase of Gela." . Particularly noteworthy are the kouros from the severe period known as the Ephebe of Agrigento and the Telamon giant statue from the Temple of Olympian Zeus.