Selinunte Archaeological Park

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Via Selinunte


Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


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  • 2.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The largest archeological area in Europe at about 670 acres, this site was once home to one of the largest Greek colonies on the island, dating to 600 B.C. Today, visitors can tour the ruins of seven Doric temples, as well as the necropolis and caves. There are different hiking routes to see the various structures that range from about a quarter-mile to about 3 ½ miles.

Recent visitors said the site does require a lot of walking on uneven ground, and they recommended hiring a guide to fully explain the history of the area.

The park located in the town of Castelvetrano on Sicily's western coast about 80 miles south of Palermo. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and tickets cost 6 euros (about $6.70). Admission is waived on the first Sunday of the month. It's recommended that you allow at least an hour to visit the site. If you tire of walking, you can take a golf cart between sites for 6 euros. For more information, visit the official website.

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There are many lovely islands off the coast of Sicily, and the hardest part may be choosing which ones to see. A popular choice is the Aeolian Islands, located near Messina and composed of seven main islands, which were created by active volcanoes. There you will find incredible sites like a Greek acropolis, a Norman cathedral, beautiful beaches, volcanic vents and even lava running into the sea.

Past visitors recommended visiting Stromboli volcano (seeing it at night when erupting is extra spectacular), the Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano on Lipari, the Scalata al Cratere on Isola Vulcano and Chiesa Vecchia di Quattropani on Lipari, as well.

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