the kolymbetra garden
The "Giardino della Kolymbethra" has all the colours, tastes and smells of Sicily. Rich in relics and hypogea, dug out 2500 years ago, it preserves the history of ancient Akragas (Agrigento). Centuries-old olive trees populate the Valley of the Temples and the citrus trees bathe it in light and perfume. The history and nature of this city founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC come together in this huge garden. The network of tunnels that reaches as far as the city was commissioned by the tyrant Theron in 480 BC as a water collection and supply system. Kolymbethra, in fact, is a large basin with "a perimeter of seven stadiums", which soon became fish hatchery and the chosen destination for swans and birds. The incredible landscape created by human intervention in this corner of paradise became one of the most compelling destinations of the Grand Tour, inspiring poets and intellectuals. Today it is part of an interesting archaeological park offering new tours of the hypogea, which are interesting even from a speleological and naturalistic point of view.
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