Archaeological and Landscape Park
With Law No. 20/2000, the autonomous Region of Sicily created the Archaeological and landscape Park of the Valley of the Temples which has as its purpose the protection and enhancement of the archaeological heritage, environment and landscape of the “Valley of the Temples.” This modern term indicates not only the area of the ancient city, but also the surrounding area, crossed by the Akragas and Ypsas rivers, extending up to the hill of Montelusa and the sea of St. Leone.
The archaeological and landscape park covers an area of about 1300 hectares and coincides with the perimeter of the A Zone as defined by previous national and regional laws in 1968 and 1971. The park is divided into three zones subject to different requirements:
- zone I – archaeological area;
- zone II – environmental and scenic landscape zone, a protected and restricted area around zone I;
- zona III – Nature and picnic zone including all remaining areas of the Park.
In 2009 (latest available data), the park had 558,360 visitors, 318,931 of which were paying visitors. During the evening and night opening times ( August-September 2009) there were 15,685 visitors, of which 10,586 paying customers. (Source: Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi Official site).
Parco Archeologico e Paesaggistico della Valle dei Templi
Casa Sanfilippo, Strada Panoramica dei Templi