Valle dei Templi of Agrigento
Italian Landscape Award 2017
The day before yesterday (14th March 2017) we received a terrific news: the Ministry of Culture and Tourism presented the Italian Landscape Award 2017 to Valle dei Templi of Agrigento, a wonderful panorama when the sun is the king and the ancient olive trees are the princes, a truly pearl of Sicilian culture of Greek era.
This treasure of the Mediterranean wons thanks to the project Agri Gentium: landscape regeneration of Archaeological park and Landscape of Valley of the Temples of Agrigento. It will represent Italy in the framework of the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe!
The vast archaeological site, became a World Heritage Site, provides a unique show of its kind: among the main temples there is the Temple of Juno, from which you can fondle with your eyes all the beauties of the valley; the Temple of Concord, one of the most charming in the Greek age, which also represents the best preserved temple in the world; then, there are the Temples of Hercules, of which, unfortunately, remain only the ruins, able to enchant anyone who looks at them, thanks to the power of time and nature. Can not forget the Greek-Roman excavations district, that thanks to the sewerage, the exquisite mosaics, and wells, they show the great strength of this civilization, with both artistic quality, but also and especially with high technical knowledge, typical of a society in constant evolution and growth.
The first landscape national day was an event that promoted the culture of the landscape, aimed at raising awareness the people about the themes and values of the protection of territories. The prize awarded to our land, today makes us proud. An award that should be respected and taken head-on, an award that gives immense joy to our beloved Sicily.
Well, what about? Maybe we Sicilians were not very surprised by the news, but hey…you know: Sicily is a bet that you always win!