Erice and Segesta

Erice and Segesta

A plunge in time to visit two of the most extraordinary sites in Sicily.

Who founded Erice and 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 happen 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. But it's just a hypothesis, even though the site is definitely not Greek!

For this tour with English-speaking driver 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 lies only about an hour away from Palermo (just enjoy the city’s West Cost!) but eons away in terms of history, culture, and mythology. In less than 2 hours we arrive at Erice, where we will immediately immersed into 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.

From Erice it takes about 45 minutes to get to Segesta. Two are the monuments 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 about 1.5 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
  • 10:45 Erice
  • 12:45 Lunch in Erice (not included)
  • 14:15 Departure from Erice
  • 15:00 Segesta
  • 17:00 Departure from Segesta towards Palermo
  • 18:30 Hotel or b&b drop-off
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  • Options

    • Internet connection: €5 per person.
    • Customisation: if you prefer a shorter or a longer tour, to add or remove some points of interest, and/or if you require different hours, please contact us.
    • For a driver speaking a language different from English or Italian, please contact us.
    • For a guide please contact us.
    • For luxury services please contact us.
    • For special needs please contact us: convertible car seats for babies and foldable wheelchairs may be rented at €15 each.
  • Specifications

    • Frequency: daily (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day).
    • Departure: 9:00 from your hotel or b&b in Palermo's city centre. The time may slightly vary according to the total number of participants, so it will be confirmed via email; if your hotel or b&b is outside Palermo's city centre please contact us.
    • Duration: 9.5 hours.
    • Number of participants: 1-8, for more people please contact us.
    • Type of tour: open (people from different groups may join in), though limited to 8 people in total; for a private walk please contact us.
    • Location: Segesta and Erice - province of Trapani.
    • Modality: by car or minivan.
    • Dress code: from May to October make sure to bring a hat as a protection from the Sun.
    • Contribution: 1 person €219, 2 people €149 per person, 3-4 people €119 per person, 5-6 people €99 per person 7-8 people €89 per person.
    • What is included: hotel or b&b pick-up and drop-off by car or minivan, English-speaking driver.
    • Entry tickets: not included.