Selinunte guided tour

Selinunte guided tour

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.

For this private tour with learned English-speaking driver able to provide general information about the sites, we will pick you up from your hotel or b&b with one of our vehicles: a big sedan, a 4x4 SUV or a minivan according to the availability and the number of people.

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?
1. We have been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo,
2. we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee,
3. we provide a booklet with information about the sites,
4. our vehicles are checked every month,
5. you can always talk to one of our managers,
6. our drivers are Sicilians and able to tell you stories and history of Sicily to entertain you while driving,
7. we can customize the tour according to your needs, i.e. we can add a professional tour guide,
8. last but not least... we provide quality!

Book your private tour now to enjoy the best of Sicily!

 

Schedule:

  • 7:30 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
  • 10:00 Selinunte 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 driver speaking a language different from English or Italian, please contact us.
    • For a guide 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: 7:30 from your hotel or b&b in Palermo's city centre; 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: private.
    • 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.
    • Rates: 1 person €249, 2 people €298, 3 people €417, 4 people €516, 5-8 people €595.
    • What is included: hotel or b&b pick-up and drop-off by car or minivan, English-speaking driver.
    • Entry tickets: not included.

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