Segesta's imposing temple was actually started in the 5th century BC by the Elymian people, who may have been refugees from Troy. At the very least, evidence—they often sided with the Carthaginians, for example—indicates that they were non-Greeks. However, the style is in many ways Greek. The temple was never finished; the walls and roof never materialized, and the columns were never fluted. Wear comfortable shoes, as you need to park your car in the lot at the bottom
of the hill and walk about five minutes up to the temple.
If you're up for a longer hike, a little more than 1 km (½ mile) away near the top of the hill are the remains of a fine theater with impressive views, especially at sunset, of the plains and the Bay of Castellammare. (There's also a shuttle bus that leaves every 30 minutes, €1.50 round-trip.) Concerts and plays are staged here in summer.
Calatafimi-Segesta, Segesta, 91013, Italy
Mar 11, 2005
While the temple is nearly perfect, it is only missing the roof, the real treasure if looking out over the valley from the amphiteathre. They have buses to go up to the amphitheate for those who don't want to trek it on foot