Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy

Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy

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Rich in ancient treasures

Porto Empedocle has long been an important fishing and trading port. You can’t miss its most prominent feature—a large tower commissioned in the 16th century by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to protect the Agrigento territory’s reserves of grain against the pirates who haunted this coast.

But the region has a much more ancient past, and is exceptionally rich in archaeological treasures associated with the city of Akragas, founded 2,500 years ago by Greek colonists. For your appreciation they left behind the Valley of the Temples, site of seven monumental Greek constructions of the 5th and 6th centuries BC.

AGRIGENTO

AGRIGENTO

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AGRIGENTO

AGRIGENTO

The ancient Greek city of Akragas left an extraordinarily rich archaeological legacy, much of which is un-excavated. Explore the stunning Valley of the Temples, a pre-Hellenic cave sanctuary, and the Tomb of Theron.

TORRE CARLO V

TORRE CARLO V

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TORRE CARLO V

TORRE CARLO V

This fortification was built in the 15th century to protect the territory's reserve of grain. Among its many uses of the past include a local prison, and today it houses a museum showcasing history and archaeological artifacts from the region.

SCALA DEI TURCHI

SCALA DEI TURCHI

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SCALA DEI TURCHI

SCALA DEI TURCHI

This rocky cliff, lying between two sandy beaches, features a strange but beautiful rock formation resembling a staircase, made of gypsum and limestone. The white rock dazzles against the turquoise waters and blue sky.

Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 37°17'17.45"N 13°31'37.82"E
Size: 24.00 KM2 (9.27 MI2)
Population: 17,231
Density: 718 Pop/KM2 (277 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +39

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