Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy Luxury Cruises

Porto Empedocle, Sicily, Italy Luxury Cruises

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Cruise to a land rich in ancient treasures

The town of Porto Empedocle is the gateway to Agrigento and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Temples. The Vaddi di li Tempri, as it’s known in Sicilian, is home to some of the finest Greek ruins this side of the Ionian Sea. Gazing up at the Temple of Concordia, you’d swear you were in Athens, looking at the Acropolis.

If you’d rather explore Grecian ruins in Greece, not to worry: Port Empedocle has its own share of Sicilian charms. Don’t miss the Torre Carolo V, a tower that was built to provide protection from pirates, before becoming a prison, which has now been turned into a museum that is open to you and the public daily. Visit the Scala dei Turchi (Turkish Staircase), made of gypsum and limestone, and afterwards, pop into an enoteca to sample some of the region’s fruity white wines.

Looking to take it down a notch? (You’re on vacation after all.) Head to the port’s sandy Lido Azzurro area, rent a beach chair, sit back, relax, and practice the Italian art of “Il Dolce Far Niente” or “The Sweetness of Doing Nothing”.

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.

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

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