We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
15% OFF THINGS TO DO when you spend $250+. Use code AUGUST15 on tours & activities
i

Selinunte

#157 of 1,936 things to do in Sicily
Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 39092446540
Description:

You will think you were transported to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece,...

You will think you were transported to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, when you gaze upon these well-preserved temple ruins.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$570*
and up
Private Wine Tour and Archeological Area of Selinunte with licensed Guide

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 447 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Great, tranquil ruins but wish more information was available

Beautiful temples destroyed in the late 5th century BC. As a family, we had a chance to walk about and imagine a different time when the place was a part of a thriving Acropolis... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Kevinhuh
,
Highwood
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

447 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 108: English reviews
Valhalla, New York
Level Contributor
117 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful set of ruins. Two of the Temples are fairly well preserved. There is not a whole lot of information on them the building are referred to by letters A,B,C,D etc.

Helpful?
Thank Lee L
Highwood
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful temples destroyed in the late 5th century BC. As a family, we had a chance to walk about and imagine a different time when the place was a part of a thriving Acropolis. Temple E is the only one fully reerected, and the site is a very impressive Doric architecture. It feels a bit unbalanced and you appreciate the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kevinhuh
Paris, France
Level Contributor
91 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This site is enormous and fascinating. The temples are quite impressive - as good and as interesting as Segeste and Agrigente. The only sad thing is the lack of a good museum (all the most interesting metopes and art treasures are in Palermo at the Archeological Museum). It is quite breathtaking but bring your own water as there is no... More 

Helpful?
Thank le_fino
Brielle, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You do not have to have a great imagination to understand what once was here. This is basically two sites which you can either walk or you can rent a golf cart which brings you to both sites. The walk is lovely but can be tiring during the heat of the day. Definitely worth the visit

Helpful?
Thank Briellenaar
Level Contributor
110 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

These ruins were by far the coolest ruins I've been to, and I've been to the Acropolis in Athens! This temple is actually open so you can walk around inside it and see some of the interior structure in addition to the exterior walls! There's just something about being able to touch something that deepens the experience! There are at... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tygerness
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
326 reviews
238 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We saw the temples of Agrigento, Segesta and Paestum which were fantastic and very memorable but none had the impact or power of Selinunte. The city of Selinus was founded in the 7th century BC by the Greek colonists of Megara Hyblaea near Syracusa. In 409BC, it took 100,000 Carthaginians nine days to breach the walls of the city. In... More 

Helpful?
4 Thank KTGP
Kendal, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
187 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

Very interesting site situated high on the hills. We visited in the afternoon when it was extremely hot which is not to be recommended. If you do not want to walk there is the opportunity of being taken round the site in a golf buggy. Well worth the trip.

Helpful?
Thank BethMaidment
Melbourne
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

The city is small and nice, the ruins are awesome. It was worth the detour for us. It was cheap and amazing. Poor signage though. The granita cart was delicious. The man who served us was so friendly.

Helpful?
1 Thank bellebelle1305
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Selinunte is beautifully situated high on the hills overlooking the sea to one side and the verdant vineyards and citrus groves in the distance on the other side. As with many ancient archaeological sites, the terrain at times is uneven although the main walking paths are good, but good shoes, sunscreen, hat and water should be included. We paid for... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank winwander
New York
Level Contributor
222 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Maybe it was because Agrigento was crowded, but we thought Selinunte was much more enjoyable. That said, appreciating what you're seeing really requires a knowledgeable guide. Yes, it costs, but it's worth it. You're never going to come back to a place like this. Best to have it be a grand and memorable experience.

Helpful?
2 Thank CarolnRobb

Travelers who viewed Selinunte also viewed

Castelvetrano, Province of Trapani
Calatafimi-Segesta, Province of Trapani
 
Marinella di Selinunte, Castelvetrano
 

Been to Selinunte? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Selinunte and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Selinunte staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?