Who founded Segesta? According to the Greek historian Tucidides (460-396 BCE) we have, in fact, to go back to the Trojan War which, according to the contemporary historians, did happened between 1275 and 1180 BCE… consequently, the origin of the local population, the Elymians, is possibly related to the Trojans in exile, not to the Greeks...
For this guided tour we will pick you up from your hotel or b&b with one of our vehicles: with a minimum of 3 people the vehicle is a luxury Mercedes-Benz 4x4 or a comfortable 8-seat minivan! Segesta is only about an hour away from Palermo (just enjoy the city’s West Cost!) but eons away in terms of history, culture, and mythology. Two are the remains of the area: the Temple and the Theatre. On a hill lies an unusually well preserved Doric temple. Built in the late 5th century BCE, it seems that was never actually finished. The temple is also unusual for being a Hellenic temple in a city not mainly populated by Greeks (bear in mind the Elymians weren’t from Greece!). The strange Greek theatre , that can be dated between the second half of the 4th century and the 2nd century BCE, is located at the top of Mount Barbaro, at about 440 metres (1,443 feet); recently restored, it is in use for various shows of both classical and modern theatre.
In an hour we arrive at Erice, where we will immediately enjoy lunch immersed in a Medieval atmosphere as the city really looks like a Medieval one even though it is far more ancient... Erice is located on top of Mount San Giuliano, at around 750 metres (2,460 feet) above the sea level, overlooking the city of Trapani, the western coast towards Marsala, the dramatic Punta del Saraceno and Capo San Vito to the north-east, and the Aegadian Islands on the north-western coast, providing spectacular views. We find Eryx alluded to by Virgil and other Latin poets as a mountain of the first order of magnitude, associated with Mount Athos (where the Gods lived...) and Mount Etna. On its summit stood a celebrated Temple of Venus or Aphrodite, founded, according to the current legend, by Aeneas. Nowadays Erice is a lovely and lively town with artisans of exceptional quality like weavers and ceramists. On the cultural side, Erice hosts important scientific meetings at the Ettore Majorana centre, and an annual Workshop on Molecular Gastronomy.
In about two hours we are then back to Palermo... but maybe your mind will still be wandering between history and mythology!
Why touring with Palermo Walks? We have been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee, our vehicles are checked every month, you can always talk to one of our managers. Our style is based on storytelling, our unique way of sharing with you the history and stories of people, art, culture, food, traditions. Book your tour now to enjoy the best of Sicily!
- 9:00 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
- 10:15 Segesta
- 12:30 Departure from Segesta
- 13:30 Lunch in Erice (not included)
- 14:30 Erice
- 17:00 Departure from Erice towards Palermo
- 19:00 Hotel or b&b drop-off