Excursion to Selinunte archaeological park




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Excursion to Selinunte archaeological park

Selinunte is one of Sicily’s great Greek archaeological sites. Situated by the sea in the south-western corner of Sicily, the isolated ruins here have stood abandoned for most of their history. The lack of later development allows modern visitors to imagine the ancient town of Selinus as it would have been two and a half thousand years ago. The archaeological park at Selinunte is huge, incorporating Greek temples, ancient town walls, the ruins of residential and commercial buildings, countryside paths and zones not yet excavated. If you are interested in Greek Sicily, this is a very important site to visit, and the temples’ setting close to the sea is wonderfully picturesque. There are sandy beaches nearby, so a day out at Selinunte has a great deal to offer any traveller.

Departure from the hotel from Sciacca by bus to go to Selinunte. Visit to Selinunte archeological park, which is one of the largest and most important archeological park in Europe. Here Doric style has found one of its highest expressions, even if there are some local influences traces. On the western hill, Goddess Malophoros Sanctuary is located, which was used until the last period of the city life. After the visit, we will return to the Hotel.

Duration excursion: Half day
Start time: 09h00 or 13h30

Meet at the hotel, transfer to Selinunte. Return to the hotel.

Not included:
Meals, guides and entrance fees to museum and places of interest..

Cost up to 8 people 20,00 Euro p.p.
Cost up to 19 people 15,00 Euro p.p.

On request departure from other places.


Selinunte is an ancient Greek city located on the south coast of Sicily. Today archaeological place, it is now on the territory of the municipality of Castelvetrano, province of Trapani, west of the mouth of Belice. Selinunte is crossed, to the west by the river Modione, the ancient Selinos, and to the east by the Gorgo de Cottone.


The city owes its name to the Selinus watercourse (now Modione), which takes its name from the Selinon plant, a kind of wild herb that grew abundantly in the area. The draw was also the symbol of the city, struck on the coins of time.


The site has 10 temples or sanctuary and can be divided into large areas: the acropolis (5 temples and a megaron); the eastern hill (3 temples, a necropolis and a museum); the hill of Manuzza to the north (the ancient city and a necropolis); Gaggera Hill to the west (Demeter Malophoros Sanctuary5, Zeus Meilichios Sanctuary5, M38 Temple, Necropolis and Museum).


To the east, a awesome staircase wall immediately attracts the visitor for its geometric regularity.

It is a part of the surrounding walls which in addition that the function of continuing the defensive curtain of the acropolis, it was created to contain the support,

planned for the extension of the upper sacred terrace.