Bivona stands in the Magazzolo riverís valley, in the province of Agrigento. The city developed around a hamlet dating from the 12th century, successively granted to Admiral De Aurea who had a castle built nearby, which is reduced to few ruins today. Over the centuries the village passed through many hands, marriages and alliances playing a major role in this. In the 14th and 15th centuries the city saw a remarkable growth, even becoming a Dukedom.

Several buildings are worth-visiting such as the Mother Church, likely dating from the 14th century, and the Santuario della Madonna dellíOlio, in the city environs, a popular goal of pilgrimages.