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This Doric Temple, which rises high on a hill overgrown with fennel, is one of the greatest examples of this style of architecture. Yet, the Greeks didn't build it; rather, the Elymians -- or the indigenous people of Sicily -- constructed it in the 5th century. Although gazing at the 36 Doric columns is enjoyable, some say what's even better about the site is its surrounding view.

One TripAdvisor user writes: "The best part of the Acropolis is that you are greeted with breathtaking views especially from the [Amphitheatre]. The walk back down is steep but welcoming and also offers stunning views of the Temple below."

You'll find the Segesta Temple in northwest Sicily, about 50 miles from Palermo. Although visiting the site itself is fairly affordable (about €6 EUR or $8.50 USD), you'll pay quite a few euro for snacks. Our recommendation is to bring a picnic -- definitely some bottles of water -- and take a break on the grassy hill. The temple is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After your visit you may want to take a quick and cheap bus ride to the ancient teatro on top of nearby Mount Barbaro.

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This fuming mountain, located in the Sicilian province of Catania, is Europe's largest active volcano. The easiest way to get to this majestic natural attraction is to rent a car or join a tour group (Sicily Life and Legendary Sicily are popular companies). Once there, you can hike on some of the craters. But to really reach the heights, you'll need to take a cable car (offered by Funivia dell'Etna) from the Rifugio Sapienza building; this will cost you around €23 EUR or about $32.50 USD.  Then, from the cable-car's drop-off you can either climb even higher up the mountain to a safe viewing point or hop in one of the tour trucks for an additional fee.

One pleased TripAdvisor user says, "The landscape is like nothing you have ever seen before, just breathtakingly deserted and lunar-like." The same user recommends being prepared for the altitude and temperature change on the volcano by wearing some kind of waterproof clothing, a warm jacket and some hiking boots, or at least footwear that's somewhat sturdy.

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