Agrigento – Day 1 – Part 2 – Villa Rosetta Romano and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele

The Monument to Empedocles stands in a small piazza, Piazza Vadalà, at the entrance of the historical center of Agrigento, between the library and the police station.  The monument depicts the philosopher with representations of the different elements of his studies, and is the work of the artist, Nino Contino.

The Caserma “Biagio Pistone,” at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, #2, is the home of the city’s carabinieri force.

The Villa Rosetta Romano is a small park area, located right at the entrance of the historical district of the city.

A bust in the park honors Rosetta Romano, a local journalist and art critic after whom the park is named, and who passed away in 1999, after a lengthy illness.

Another bust honors Giuseppe Garibaldi.

Nearby, you will find the city’s main information/tourist office.

The Palazzo Poste Italiane, at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, #7, dates from 1932, and was designed by Angiolo Mazzoni.

The sculptures and mosaics, behind the colonnade, remember the First World War.  The sculptures are the work of Quirino Ruggeri, while the mosaics were done by Matilde Festa Piacentini.


Next up: We walk around the perimeter of the historical district, before heading in to explore its stair-lined streets!


Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations that may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Agrigento, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie!


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