West Sicily is an ideal destination for visitors of varied interests: the capital Palermo, some of the most impressive Greek archaeological sites including Selinunte, Segesta and the Valley of the Temples, and Cefalù and Castelbuono, beautiful medieval villages in the Madonie mountains.
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.