Gela has been a prosperous thriving settlement since it was founded by Rhodes and Crete settlers in the 7th century BC. It is even a modern town at present.
The combination of Greek and Sicilian knowledge was the birth of a prosperous town which started producing wine, olive oil and ceramics. The Carthaginians destroyed Gela in the 5th century BC, Agrigento destructed it in the 3rd century BC and its population was moved to Agrigento. In the 20th century the bombardments again badly damaged it .
What to See and Do
Head for the west to get to the acropolis off the Capo Soprano fortifications.
On Corso Vittorio Emanuele is the most important attraction of Gela, the Museo Regionale Archeologico, housing the acropolis’ artefacts, a collection of red and black kraters made between the 600s and 300 BC, celebrated for its delightful design, ancient vases from Navarra, a large collection of antique coins which was larger before being stolen and perfectly preserved terracotta altars dating before the 5th century BC which remained covered for centuries.
The Greek fortifications at Capo Soprano are today the well preserved vestiges of the construction ordered by a tyrant of Syracuse in the 4th century BC which survived thanks to the fact that they remained buried in sand for centuries. Its walls avoided sand to cover the town. Today the walls function has been replaced with eucalyptus and mimosa. About 500 metres from the walls are the 4th century BC Greek baths on Via Europa.
The tourist information office is on Via Palazzo.
Where to Eat and Drink
You will find restaurants along its thoroughfare Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
For good cooking head for the charming famed restaurant of Vecchia Masseria serving Sicilian dishes.
How to Get to/around/away
BY TRAIN: from Agrigento (length: 3 hours, services: 10 a day).
BY BUS: from Agrigento (length: 1 ½ hours, services: 4 a day), to Piazza Armerina, Enna and Palermo (length: 2 /4 hours, services: 4 from Mon-Sat, only 3 on Sun)