Porto Empedocle (Sicilian: Marina) is a town and comune in Italy on the coast of the Strait of Sicily, administratively part of the province of Agrigento. It is the namesake of Empedocles (Greek: Ἐμπεδοκλῆς, c. 490 – 430 BC), a Greek pre-Socratic philosopher and a citizen of the city of Agrigentum (present-day Agrigento), in his day a Greek colony in Sicily. The primary industries of Porto Empedocle are agriculture, fishing, ironworking, pharmaceuticals and rock salt refining.
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This region is one of the most important archeological sites in the world with many great temples such as Hera (Juno,) Lacinia, Concordia, Heracles (Hercules) and Olympian Zeus (Jupiter,) all dramatically perched along a long rocky scarp.
This is such an amazing place! The temples. The ruins. Being aware of the fact that you are ealking on the same ground as people did almost 2500 years ago, while building temples for their deities. Very nice site. Easy to walkabout. But put on good shoes because the ground is a bit bumpy. Recommanded!!!!!!!!!
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This is a must visit if you are a Montalbano fan! The Via Roma is a wonderful place to wander through small shops, each and visit with the inspector. It's not much like the city of Vigata but the inspector is always home!
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Did the sunset trip to the Scala dei Turchi yesterday. Booking very smooth, good communication. Tommy and his brother are lovely people. We were about 15 people on board. We had an hour to swim around the boat just looking at the Scala dei Turchi, a bit of snorkelling then a very nice dinner on board (fresh 'canapés' with tuna, swordfish, great pasta, fresh fruit and almond biscuits), watched the sunset and back to San Leone harbour. Highly recommend!
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Family of 15 visited this The Turkish Steps on a trip from Taormina south to Agrigento. Recommend seeing this site while visiting Valley of the Gods nearby. Steps are located along cliffs above the Sea in this area of Sicily. They are made from what appears to be white chalk. The wind has carved "steps" into these cliffs over time which gives them their unique beauty but also allows people to climb them. Their is a significant walk down below to the beach and then along the shoreline to reach these cliffs. For mobile folks in decent physical condition. Steps can be climbed - but carefully. Great location for photo buffs and photo ops! We had lunch down the beach at Mejata Beach Café. Very nice and decent food and drink!
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Built in 430 BC, this is one of the best-preserved Greek Temples located outside of Greece.
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A working port town made famous as the fictional town of Vigata in the Inspector Montalbano novels by Andrea Camilleri. The 16th century Tower Fort of The Bourbon King, Charles V, at the harbour end of Via Roma is worth a visit, the scene of an unfortunate massacre. There was a sculpture exhibition when we were there: the gallery rooms make the most of the interesting spaces within the tower. There’s also Inspector Montalbano’s bronze statue and a large sandy beach. Not sure that there’s much more to see.
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Lido Rossello is the name for a beach in the territory of Realmonte, a small city very close to Agrigento in Sicily. This beach as one of the most beautyful coast of Italy and includes also the coast of the "Scala dei Turchi" which is already well known all around the world. Lido Rossello is caracterized also for his urbanization. Lot of beautyful private villa are there. Has a new Open Air Teather, actually one 4 star Hotel, some restaurants/pizzeria and pubs. In one side there is a big hill and over it there is a light house. Lido Rossello host during the summer a festival which is called "Costa Bianca", and offer live muisc (pop, folk, classic) mode defilee and cabaret. Is distance to Realmonte is of 2 km. Many vip come here during the summer to have their holiday, even also many turists from all over the world.
Nice, clean beach. The sea remains shallow for quite a distance. View of the Turkish Steps. It is possible to walk along the beach for quite some distance. Our boys even managed to get to the Turkish Steps from Lido Rossello, but that is not without danger.
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The Temple is considered to be attributed to Juno/Hera although this is now disputed. The temple dates from about 450 BC and is in a commanding position at the highest point of the Valley of the temples. The north colonade is especially well preserved.
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Après une semaine magnifique passée dans le sud-est de la Sicile au milieu des oliviers, des vignes et des superbes petits villages baroques, quelle déception d'arriver dans cette région : tout autour d'Agrigente, ce ne sont que des villes industrielles laides et sans intérêt. Nous avions choisi un hotel sur la cote pour 3 nuits afin de profiter "des plus belles plages de la Sicile" d'après le guide que nous avions acheté, quelle déception! On a les mêmes plages sur la cote Atlantique en France, mais en mieux et pour moins cher avec des vues plus jolies.
Porto Empedocle est un port industriel moche, la plage est sans intérêt et bordée de HLM avec une impression globale de sale et d'insécurité, avec juste une rue principale piétonne bordée de restaurants, sans magasins ni rien à visiter, et encore d'autres appartement HLM.
Bref, évitez de séjourner dans le coin, ce n'est vraiment pas une belle partie de la Sicile, et les plages de cette cote sont vraiment quelconques : passez juste rapidement visiter le parc de la vallée des Temples à coté d'Agrigente et ça suffit.
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So often, in Europe, upon visiting a church or mosque, you learn of other ancient religious buildings that stood on the same place, often converted to others. In Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Greci, pillars and floors of an ancient Greek temple can be seen. It's truly amazing to walk down along the side of the church and see the Greek pillars. In the church, they've made part of the floor glass, so you can look down at the original Greek temple.
The church is pretty - I especially like the wooden ceiling. A visit here helps pull make the ancient history human - people through the ages.
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