Selinunte is one of Sicily’s great Greek archaeological sites. It is located in the southwestern part of Sicily and has stood abandoned for most of its history. Specifically, it is located in the territory of Castelvetrano inside the Trapani district.
Selinunte was founded in the VII century B.C by Greeks coming from Megara Hyblaea and it was spread over a couple of low hills on the seashore.
The town was expanded during the VI and V centuries B.C., that is the period in which its large temples were built. The Carthaginians attacked Selinunte in 409 B.C. and ruined many of its buildings, and this marked the end of a great city from an architectural point of view.
The destruction of the site was aggravated by the fact that, during the Middle Ages, several earthquakes occurred. The site was then forgotten until it was rediscovered around the XVI century.
During the XIX century, numerous archaeological excavations were made, and they still continue to this day thanks to the great number of fascinating finds.
Today, the site covers around 270 hectares, and can be divided into the following areas:
- The Acropolis in the centre, which consists of temples and fortifications;
- The Gaggera Hill in the West, which involves the sanctuary of Malophoros;
- The Mannuzza Hill in the north, which includes ancient housing;
- The East Hill in the east, which involves other temples, and the necropolis.
The first building when you enter the site is Temple E, which is the largest. This Doric temple was restored in the 1950s and stands on a rise. Visitors are allowed to climb inside the temple.
Today, on the western hill there is a small museum which exhibits finds from the site.
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Living in Selinunte
If you want to immerse yourself in the history and traditions of this fantastic location, you should visit the old town centre with its small streets during the day to see the characteristic shops and bars and taste some local specialities.
Moreover, we recommend you visit the Archaeological Park and discover its beauty. Visiting this site in Selinunte means taking a plunge into the past and immersing oneself in a particularly evocative atmosphere, despite the fact that some 2,500 years have passed since its destruction.
Furthermore, we highly advise you to visit the uncontaminated beaches of Selinunte such as Pineta, Scalo di Bruca, Asinello Reserve and so on.
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Tourist tour in Selinunte
Selinunte is well-known for the Greek ruins, and its uncontaminated beaches, but many other places worth visiting.
You should also visit its historic centre where you can admire the lovely small streets, smell the local flavours, and taste the typical dishes. If you want to buy fresh seafood, we recommend you go to Scalo di Bruca square, where there is an open fish market every morning!
In addition, you should visit Marinella di Selinunte, Triscina di Selinunte and Belice Nature Reserve, a protected natural area vast 241 hectares around the Belice River long 77 km (47,8456 miles).
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