What to see near the port of Empedocle
The city of Luigi Pirandello and Andrea Camilleri, without of course forgetting Empedocle, a philosopher and politician of the fifth century BC. C., hence the name of the municipality. A few hints, however sufficient to explain the great charm of Porto Empedocle, in the province of Agrigento.
However, we would be wrong to only enhance the cultural aspects of the territory. Porto Empedocle, in fact, is a city rich in history: before tourism, for example, the local economy revolved around the export of sulfur and rock salt. The port, of course, was the fundamental hub of these trades which, together with fishing, gave a living to most of the inhabitants.
Analogous speech for therailway station: immediately after the unification of Italy, the strengthening of the railway line with Agrigento contributed a lot to the development of the city. Today the Porto Empedocle Centrale and Succursale stations, although no longer operational, are reopened to the public on special occasions, such as the "Almond Blossom Festival", a cultural event in February that attracts thousands of visitors to Agrigento and its surroundings. coming from the rest of Sicily and from outside the region.
Also historical is the Tower of Charles V, a 16th century coastal tower with a sighting and defense function against the assaults of Turkish piracy. Those same Turks who gave the name to the Scala dei Turchi, a rocky wall overlooking the sea made popular by the novels and fiction of Commissario Montalbano, a character from the pen of Camilleri.
Mention also due for the beaches (Spiaggia del Caos, Marinella, Lido Azzurro etc.), the busy historic center (very beautiful Palazzo di Città, seat of the Town Hall) and the gastronomy with a double soul of land and sea.