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Selinunte

Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #277 of 1,067 Attractions in Sicily
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: You will think you were transported to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, when you gaze upon these...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner 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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North Palm Beach, Florida
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167 reviews 167 reviews
44 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

In my opinion, much more impressive than anything else we've seen in Sicily including Agrigento. The site is huge. Enough for a couple of days wandering if you are a ruins buff. They are reassembling portions of two temples giving you a better idea of how gigantic some of the temples were. The remains of the temples are mind boggling... More 

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New York City, New York
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Selinunte was a city and it spread over hills and valleys above the sea. There are the remains of at least five temples many other buildings and extensive fortifications. Because the site is spread out there are two different parking lots connected by a road. Electric cart service is also available. The most visible temples are being renovated and disappear... More 

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Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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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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125 helpful votes 125 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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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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34 helpful votes 34 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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23 helpful votes 23 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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