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Greek Temple of Segesta

Go on a trip to one of the best-preserved ancient temples in the world, a 2,400-year-old structure in a beautiful hilltop location.

High up on a hill above the ancient town of Segesta is the Greek Temple of Segesta. It is a wonderfully preserved Greek temple with all 36 of its original Doric columns still standing.

Although known as a Greek temple, the structure was built between 430 B.C. and 420 B.C. by an ancient Sardinian race known as the Elymians. The sanctuary is approximately 200 feet (61 meters) long and 85 feet (26 meters) and may have been dedicated to a deity or cult.

As you walk around the temple and study its features, observe there is no roof. This is the cause of some debate among scholars as to the reasons for this. Some say this was a deliberate part of the design, others that it was never built because of disruptions caused by an attack on the town. Look closely at the columns and you will see they haven’t been fluted. That is, there are no vertical grooves that you would normally expect to see on such pillars.

After you have looked over the temple, walk or take the shuttle bus up to the top of nearby Monte Barbaro. Here you will find an open-air amphitheater that was built around the same time as the temple. During the summer, come here to watch plays and concerts. Walk to the top of the audience stand for stunning views of the hilly countryside and the blue Mediterranean Sea far below you. 

The temple and amphitheater are part of the Archeological Park Segesta. The site is located just under 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Palermo and about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Trapani. If you are coming by public transport from Trapani, use the Tarantola Bus Service from Trapani. There are several departures during the day from the autostazione Piazza Ciaccio and they stop at the archeological park. The Greek Temple of Segesta is open every day.


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Helimos Bed & Breakfast
Helimos Bed & Breakfast

Helimos Bed & Breakfast

Contrada Barbaro Segesta, Calatafimi
     
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    Situated on the waterfront, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Segesta Archaeological Site and Greek Temple of Segesta. Segesta Theater and Sacrario di Pianto Romano are also within 6 mi (10 km). Segesta Temple Station is 24 minutes by foot.

    B&B Eden di Segesta
    B&B Eden di Segesta

    B&B Eden di Segesta

    C/Da Barbaro, Calatafimi, Trapani
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Segesta Archaeological Site and Greek Temple of Segesta. Segesta Theater and Alcamo Marina Beach are also within 16 mi (25 km). Calatafimi Station is 24 minutes by foot.

      La Suite di Segesta
      La Suite di Segesta

      La Suite di Segesta

      Contrada Barbaro, Segesta, Calatafimi, Trapani
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a regional park, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Segesta Archaeological Site and Greek Temple of Segesta. Segesta Theater and Alcamo Marina Beach are also within 12 mi (20 km). Calatafimi Station is 19 minutes by foot.

        Agriturismo Tenute Pispisa Segesta NT$1,967
        Agriturismo Tenute Pispisa Segesta

        Agriturismo Tenute Pispisa Segesta

        Ctr. Pispisa - Segesta di Asta Leonardo, Calatafimi, TP
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Calatafimi country house is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Segesta Archaeological Site and Greek Temple of Segesta. Segesta Theater and Sacrario di Pianto Romano are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Tenute Margana NT$1,967
          Tenute Margana

          Tenute Margana

          Contrada Margana snc, Calatafimi, Sicily
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Calatafimi, this country house is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Segesta Archaeological Site and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Greek Temple of Segesta. Segesta Theater and Calathamet Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Turismo Rurale Baglio Segesta
            Turismo Rurale Baglio Segesta

            Turismo Rurale Baglio Segesta

            Contrada Pispisa, Segesta, Calatafimi, TP
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a rural location, this country house is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Segesta Archaeological Site and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Greek Temple of Segesta. Segesta Theater and Calathamet Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Segesta Antichi Sapori
              Segesta Antichi Sapori

              Segesta Antichi Sapori

              Contrada Kaggera snc, Calatafimi, Trapani
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Calatafimi, this country house is within 3 mi (5 km) of Segesta Archaeological Site, Greek Temple of Segesta, and Segesta Theater. Calathamet Castle and Sacrario di Pianto Romano are also within 6 mi (10 km). Calatafimi Station is only a 5-minute walk.

                Agriturismo Baglio Pocoroba
                Agriturismo Baglio Pocoroba

                Agriturismo Baglio Pocoroba

                1 Contrada Pocoroba, Castellammare del Golfo, Trapani
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this farm stay is within 3 mi (5 km) of Segesta Archaeological Site, Greek Temple of Segesta, and Segesta Theater. Calathamet Castle and Sacrario di Pianto Romano are also within 9 mi (15 km). Segesta Temple Station is 28 minutes by foot.