Looking toward Tunisia across the blue sea and fields of wild flowers, the site of Selinunte is awe-inspiring. In view of the countless heaps of ruins, many in the past have thought it not worth a visit. Yet thanks to the serious excavation and reconstruction works carried out in the 20th century, Selinunte now delights its visitors. The site boasts Sicily’s second largest temple in Doric style, and is carpeted with wild flowers in the Spring.
This visit begins with the guided visit of a group of temples named F,E and G whose dates range from the 6th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. (every temple on the site is designated by a letter of the alphabet, there being no concensus over the deities to whom the temples were dedicated).
Temple G, probably dedicated to Apollo, is one of the largest Greek temples in the mediterranean world. If little other than heaps of ruins remain at temple G, temple E has been partially reconstructed, and all of its columns are standing. The visit proceeds with a beautiful walk on the Strada dei Templi, leading up to the acropolis. Then, in the acropolis, we look at temples C and D, probably dedicated to Heracles and Aphrodite, respectively, and walk through the inhabited area and the complex system of defense including walls, towers and ditches.
After lunch, your archaeologist-led tour of Selinunte continues with a mandatory stop at the nearby Cave di Cusa, the main quarries used for the construction of the temples of Selinunte from the 6th century B.C.E. until the war with the Carthaginians broke out in 409 B.C.E. Your guide will explain how the engineers and stone-cutters fashioned their gigantic column sections, and how these were transported to Selinunte, where they were adorned and assembled.
Rates for this private walk: 1-4 people € 390 / 5-8 people € 420
Tour duration: ca. 5-6h
Incidentals: admission tickets (€ 6.50) and lunch
For lunch, your guide will happily offer great suggestions.
Note: on hot days, you may wish to rent buggies to move around the site. They are available on the main site (€6 half site; €12 full site).
Contact us to book this private tour of Selinunte for your private walk, we will let you know about our availability and answer any questions you may have.