Segesta was once an important town for the Elymnians, immigrants from Italy around the 12th century B.C.E. What is left of the strongly hellenized town is a grand temple of Doric style – whose dedication is unknown – and a superb open-air theatre. These are two important reminders of the strong Greek presence and influence in that part of Sicily. They are set in a stunning hilly landscape, and are dramatically beautiful in the Spring when wild flowers abound. This archeological tour begins with the visit of Segesta's magnificent temple in Doric style. Built in the first half of the 5th century B.C.E, the temple lacks a roof and an inner sanctuary. It has been suggested that the temple’s construction was halted while at war with Selinunte around 429-430 B.C.E., although this is a debated point. On our way up to the agora, the city’s heart, we pass a recently excavated site that reveals some of the city's 5th century fortifications. On top of mount Barbaro, we find a well preserved theater carved out of the rock, and which could welcome up to 3000 spectators. The rest of the site is as interesting as it is complex, with various architectural and cultural strata: Hellenistic edifices, Roman habitations, a 12th century castle and mosque, and a ruined 12th-13th century church with Norman foundations.
Rates for this private tour of Segesta: 1-4 people € 310 / 5-8 people € 340
Tour duration: ca. 3h
Incidentals: admission ticket and shuttle to the agora (€ 7,50)
Note: the climb to the theater can be fatiguing, particularly in the summer. A shuttle is available, and runs every 30mn.
Contact us to book this private excursion in Segesta, we will let you know about our availability and answer any questions you may have.