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Selinunte

Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #300 of 1,129 Attractions in Sicily
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites
Description: You will think you were transported to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, when you gaze upon these well-preserved temple ruins.
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Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Quite an impressive place, not only for the historical aspect but also in terms of the setting. Having visited Himera on the north coast, and other such sites across Sicily, this brought much of it together. €6 per person is a very reasonable charge - how much say Stonehenge! - and personally think touring on foot gives you the best... More

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Hampshire, England
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Really enjoyed our visit despite the inevitable scaffolding for repairs. Get ticket first from the main office and it' s an easy walk to the temples. You can walk to the Acropolis from there but it was too hot and far for us. What is not immediately obvious is that you can exit via the ticketing area and drive to... More

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

a totally magical experience exploring a site minimally restored and free from crowds. It is possible to walk from one area to the outlying ruins or take a train if pushed for time /finding it a struggle in hot weather. Refreshments available near site entrance including souvenir stalls and also in village at seaside after visiting far side of site.

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Switzerland
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175 reviews 175 reviews
21 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The temples in Selinunte are certainly beautiful and of enormous dimensions, but what makes it particular is the well preserved Acropolis, where you can see the traces of an ancient city with crossroads, shops and houses still preserving their outline and mosaic floors. Although it is not noticed, you can make two stops when visiting by your own car: First... More

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North Tustin, CA
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137 reviews 137 reviews
46 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We arrived by car and parked in the main lot. After we bought tickets, we explored the three temples near the main entrance. Our kids, especially the youngest, enjoyed walking in and on and over the temples and ruins. Next, we drove to the other side of the sight. It was a bit of a drive. Glad we did not... More

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Porrentruy, Switzerland
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85 reviews 85 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Selinunte Greek ruins are simply amazing. The temples and acropole with their accessibility are a rare archaeological site today. There are two ways to visit, by small train which is comfortable (especially for older people or families with children) but expensive, or by foot and car having to change parking lots between the two extremities of the site. If... More

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Toronto
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106 reviews 106 reviews
25 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The ruins at Selinus - originally built by the ancient Greeks - sit on top of a cliff that overlooks the ocean with a beach below running off to one side towards the town. This is the largest archeological site in Europe. It's bigger than Agrigento which is also in Sicily. The restored Greek temple which overlooks the ocean is... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Beautifully preserved ancient Greek ruins that are easily accessed on foot. DO NOT PAY for the shuttle service because it is easy to walk the first part, get back in the car and drive to the second part, and walk around there. Super hot day, some shady areas with seating. No concessions so bring your own water. Active excavation in... More

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midlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We went on a cloudless hot June day and had lunch first at a restaurant opposite the entrance - dont go in to the site eat, the view is just a dreary wooden fence! If you intend to see the whole site take one of the carts as it really is too large and too exhausting to walk if its... More

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Cowbridge
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79 reviews 79 reviews
46 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The park contains many important ruins, and here is not the place to describe them in detail. However, the Greek temple is stunning; it was re-erected fairly recently but has been done with good taste and without any modern embellishment. The rest of the park is also really interesting and contains the ruins of a huge hill fort; the outside... More

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