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Set in the middle of deserted green countryside, around 15 km sout of Castellammare del Golfo, the remains of the ancient city of Segesta are among the most inspiring on the island. According to legend, the ancient capital of the Elymians was founded by exiles from Troy. Segesta was in constant conflict with Selinunte and was frequently attacked. Yet the majestic temple has miraculously survived.
The Doric temple, built in the late 5th century BC is the focal point of Segesta. It stands in splendid isolation on the hill facing Monte Barbaro, beyond the cafe and car park. The temple is just over 60 m long and 26 m wide, with a total of 36 Doric columns. If you are driving, it's easy to see the site en route between Palermo and Trapani, since it lies just off the motorway.
From the main entrance, a road winds up to the well-preserved theatre, which stands on the top of Monte Barbaro at 305m above sea, where ancient Greek plays are performed every other year between July and September (ask the tourist office in Trapani for details). If you don't want to do the 20-minute climb, a shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes from the entrance and costs 1,5 ?. The ruins of the city are also located here. From the hilltop there is a splendid view over the valley towards the Castellammare del Golfo.
The site of Segesta (daily 9am-1 hour before sunset; admission 6,5?) is best seen early or late in the day, when visitors are fewer.
Directions: the proince of Trapani; around 15 km south of Castellammare del Golfo and 30 km east of Trapani)
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