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Kolymbetra Garden (Giardino della Kolymbethra)
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Hidden among the ruins of Greek structures in the Valley of the Temples is the Kolymbetra Garden (Giardino della Kolymbethra). This under-appreciated oasis is within sight of some of the temple ruins.

The Kolymbetra Garden (Il Giardino della Kolymbetra) is an archaeological site as well as a garden. The area started as a large pool that was used as a water reserve for the nearby city. Paths were dug in the area to divert rainfall into rivers that would keep the pool full. References to this pool date back to the 1st century AD, though it’s likely it was dug as far back as the 5th century BC.

When the Moors arrived around the 9th century, they planted a garden in this lush area, digging irrigation channels to funnel the former Kolymbetra pool waters to their garden. Today, the Kolymbetra Garden is a peaceful and shady grove of citrus and other fruit trees, olive trees, palms, almonds trees, as well as many other plants. Parts of the original Kolymbetra pool are still visible, too.

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Enchanted Castle of Sciacca (Castello Incantato di Sciacca)
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One of the most unique sights in Sicily, this outdoor sculpture garden created by 20th-century Sicilian artist Filippo Bentivegna contains thousands of carved stone heads done in theart brut, or naïve, style. Take a break from the ancient temples of nearby Agrigento and Selinunte to discover this eccentric modern artist.

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House Museum of Soap (Casa Museo del Sapone)
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The House Museum of Soap (Casa Museo del Sapone), created by an artisan soap company in their estate’s historic Sicilian farmhouse, is dedicated to the history and science of soap-making. You can view old presses and agricultural tools, see demonstrations, and even make your own soap during the guided tour.

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