Selinunte

Selinunte

The largest archaeological park in Europe.

Selinunte is an ancient Greek colony on the southern coast of Sicily, between two rivers: once there, it is easy to understand why it became one of the most important colonies.

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! To arrive at such lovely settings it takes about 100 minutes on a south-west direction. Selinunte was founded, according to the historian Thucydides, by a colony from the Sicilian city of Megara Hyblaea about 100 years after the settlement of that city (628 BCE), with the addition of a fresh body of colonists from the parent city of Megara in Greece.
The name is supposed to derive from the wild parsley (selinon in Ancient Greek) that still grows in the area. For the same reason, they adopted the parsley leaf as the symbol on their coins. Selinunte was the most Westerly of the Greek colonies in Sicily, and for this reason was early brought into contact and collision with the Carthaginians.

The modern archaeological park, the largest in Europe, can be divided into the following areas:
- the Acropolis at the centre, with Doric temples and fortifications. The settlement was surrounded by a wall (repeatedly restored and modified) with five towers and four gates;
- the Gaggera Hill in the West, where there are the remains of the very ancient Selinuntine sanctuary to the goddess of fertility: Demeter Malophoros;
- the Mannuzza Hill in the North with ancient housing, where the ancient agora was presumably located;
- the East Hill in the East, with three temples;
- the Necropoleis, that is the cemeteries.

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!

 

Schedule:

  • 7:30 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
  • 10:00 Archaeological area
  • 14:00 Lunch (not included)
  • 15:00 Departure from Selinunte towards Palermo
  • 17:30 Hotel or b&b drop-off
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  • Options

    • Internet connection: €10 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 guide speaking a language different from English or Italian, 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.
    • For a tour leader service (cheaper than the guide service, only general information is provided) or a driver service (the cheapest option, good for those who don't need information about the sites), please contact us.
  • Specifications

    • Frequency: daily (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day).
    • Departure: 7:30 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: 10 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 tour please contact us.
    • Location: Selinunte - province of Trapani.
    • Modality: by car or minivan.
    • Dress code: none; from May to October make sure to bring a hat as a protection from the sun; it is recommende to wear comfortable shoes.
    • 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, guide speaking English and Italian.
    • Entry tickets: not included.