Feeling minuscule next to the columns of a 5th century BC temple is an incredible emotion. That’s why today we bring you around Sicily’s best known archaeological sites, where you will find magnificent temples in exceptional state of conservation, majestic structures that cut the horizon from the top of green hills.
The temple of Segesta, dating back to 430 BC, is one of best preserved monuments from ancient times. Also known as the “Great Temple,” it stands in solitude atop of a hill, distinguishing itself from its surroundings with its rare harmonious proportions.
The temple of Apollo dates back to the beginning of the 6th century BC. It underwent several transformations, having been a byzantine church, an Islamic mosque, and barracks for the Spaniards. These consecutive transformations damaged and hid the original building, which was rediscovered around 1860 and brought back to light between 1938 and 1942.
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The archaeological park of Selinunte is considered today one of the largest and most impressive in Europe. Near the coast, we find the acropolis and 4 temples, with 3 other temples located on a hill, further inland, with other secondary buildings. Of these, only the most recent, dating back to 460-450 BC and known as “Temple of Era,” has been rebuilt.
Before you reach the last stop of this itinerary, stop by Menfi, a town between Selinunte and Agrigento. There you will find the Planeta winery, which will enrich your vacation with unforgettable moments.
Guests can choose from a vast array of activities: during the day you can choose between excursions, wine tastings, Sicilian cuisine cooking classes, and pool-side aperitifs. During the summer, you will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch on a terrace with a view overlooking the vineyards, while sipping Planeta’s great wines.
Our last stop is Agrigento. The Valley of the Temples is an archeological site dating back to Greater Greece. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. The Valle dei Templi is not only a popular tourist destination; it is also considered the largest archaeological park in world. Among the salient points of interest, you cannot miss the Temple of Concordia.