Porto Empedocle in the province of Agrigento is a town and comune in Italy on the coast of the Strait of Sicily.. The primary industries of Porto Empedocle are agriculture, fishing, ironworking, pharmaceuticals and rock salt refining. The town took its present name in 1863. It is named after the Agrigentine philosopher Empedocles. In 2003, the town changed its official denomination to Porto Empedocle, Vigata, after the name of the fictional town where the popular novels by Andrea Camilleri, famous Italian writer and native of Porto Empedocle, about detective Inspector Montalbano are placed. The main church is Parrocchia Maria SS.del Buon Consiglio, which is located in the center of the town. The marl Scala dei Turchi is located nearby, on the coast ot Realmonte.