3/15/18: Today, we visited our third consecutive ancient site, the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento. We saw four temples on a ridge overlooking the sea, dedicated to Juno, Concord, Heracles, and Olympian Zeus, respectively. The Temple of Concord (pictured below) is the best preserved, as it was turned into a church in the Middle Ages, and was thus the inspiration for the UNESCO logo. It is a Doric peripteral, hexastyle temple. Like the temples at Selinunte, these structures at Agrigento show the wealth of this ancient city.
After our visit to the ancient site, we went to the home and tomb of the 19th/20th century Italian writer, Luigi Pirandello. His house, which he had lived in since his birth, has since been turned into a museum and is filled with his letters and paintings by his sister. His tomb (below) is located nearby further down a cliff. The story of his burial is quite interesting and very complex, as Pirandello had specific wishes but none were followed. This monument was definitely not what he had intended.