Fodor's Expert Review Tempio Dorico

Segesta Fodor's Choice

Segesta's imposing temple was actually started in the 5th century BC by the Elymians, who may have been refugees from Troy—or at least non-Greeks, since it seems they often sided with Carthage. In any case, the style of the temple is in many ways Greek, but it 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.

Fodor's Choice Archaeological Site/Ruins

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Calatafimi-Segesta, Sicily  91013, Italy


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