Agrigento is a hillside town on the southwestern shores of Sicily and its heady mix of ancient archeology, natural Mediterranean landscape and modern energy is hard to beat. The town’s claim to fame is the UNESCO World Heritage ruins of the ancient Greek city of Akragas in the Valley of the Temples. It is also home to a Gothic cathedral with a traditional bell tower and medieval churches with Arabesque arches and palm-shaded courtyards. Agrigento boasts a pulsating modern core, the Via Atenea, within its ancient city center. where you can enjoy the city’s famed ricotta ice cream and take in the boutiques, trattorias and coffee houses on leisurely strolls. Do try the delicious almond and pistachio cakes baked by the nuns of a medieval abbey and pay a visit to the House of Pirandello. The latter was the home of Nobel laureate, Luigi Pirandello, the Italian playwright, author and poet.