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Indagare Tours: Temple Tour

selinunte sicily

Sicily's western trio of Greek cities (today, incredible archeological sites) is made up of Agrigento and Selinunte (both on the southern coast) as well as Segesta, further north and a 1-hour drive from Palermo. With its Concordia Temple, which has survived practically unaltered since 430 BC, Agrigento is the most famous and should be on anyone's first-time Sicily itinerary. But insiders also rave about Segesta and, especially, Selinunte. The latter was settled around 628 BC (compared to Syracuse in 733BC) and was one of the richest Greek settlements of the ancient world with a population well over 100,000 people. The city was destroyed by wars and an earthquake during the middle ages, and Selinunte lay underneath layers of dirt and earth for centuries before excavations began in the 1820s. Todays Selinunte is incredibly impressive and sprawling: there are electric carts that visitors can use to explore. After a visit, head to the Marinella di Selinunte for a seaside lunch at La Pineta.

Written by Simone Girner

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