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“A Refreshing Break”

Il Giardino della Kolymbetra
Ranked #5 of 100 things to do in Agrigento
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

After walking around in the Valley of Temples on a hot muggy day after a thundershower, we stumbled up this amazing garden. We felt exhausted going down the steps to the entrance, not sure we could even appreciate a garden. However, we were met by a young enthusiastic woman who told us about the garden and it's history, convincing us it would be worthwhile. My husband noticed an expresso machine behind her and asked if they served coffee. Only if asked, for a small donation. Just what we needed! She took us around the back, to a little shaded area, and served us water, as well as expresso. Nicely rested and refreshed, we were ready to venture down into the garden. Not a large garden, it offers cooling shade, beautiful views of Agrigento and a closeup view of a temple ruin. A path meanders along a stream, a citrus grove and various other fruit trees, some amazing ancient olive trees, and various other local plants. Wonderful ancient atmosphere. We took our time and much enjoyed the experience.

1  Thank Dayle F
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

I do hate having to travel a long way down steep steps to find the ticket office displaying the entry price for the first time. 4 Euros, which is cheap enough. The gardens are beautiful and peaceful, but a far cry from the Garden of Eden Paradise it is supposed to be. However, a pleasant enough interlude to the nearby Temples.

Thank Michael P
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

A calm and tranquil garden in a valley next to the temples. Cool and shady with lots of different citrus trees and ancient olives. The running water in the ancient irrigation system was very soothing.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We visited the garden in August. I think it is good that the local environment movement has build up again after it was neglected for so many years. I had expected some areas to sit down and rest under trees or near a pond with some flowers, but it is not like some other botanical gardens we had seen elsewhere. There were instead many citrus froot trees and to walk around was pretty hot in August.

Thank EvaMohl
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

After visiting the Valley of the Temples we stopped in here as it is on the same grounds. It is a worthwhile place to see. Seek it out as it is a little hard to find. There is a small admission fee. A pleasant walk down a hill along paths through native plants, vegetables, citrus and almond trees all around a small creek feeding the gardens. Signs, in Italian, explain the types of plants and their uses. It's based on the community garden which was common in Sicily at one time. Villagers used to farm and eat the produce from a community plot. Birds, butterflies and assorted bugs and small lizards accompany you as you walk. It was a nice finish to the day, a little cooler here for sure. It's just a pleasant walk, I believe there was a water fountain. Well worth it.

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