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“Greek Temple and Theater in Sicilian Countryside”
Review of Tempio di Segesta

Tempio di Segesta
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Palermo Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Segesta, Erice and Marsala
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Private Shore Excursion from Trapani to Segesta and Erice
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Owner description: This unfinished fifth-century Doric temple has everything but a roof and an interior, and the huge structure seems unaffected by time. A small theater atop a nearby hill offers visitors a stunning view of green hills and the deep blue hues of the sea below.
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Segesta is a rather magical place with a Greek temple and large Greek theater. Near the small town of Caltafimi Segesta in the western corner of Sicily, the Doric temple dates from the mid fifth century BCE, and was once part of a thriving Greek city. It is one of the best preserved monuments of its type anywhere, though believed to have been unfinished. It is set high on a hill, and there are lovely views of it as you approach on foot and on the ride to the theater located on a nearby hill, so keep your camera handy.

The theater is cut out of a natural hillside with a gorgeous view of the countryside. The acoustics are great; try for yourself from the stage far below. Tourists who have even a mild interest in the classical past will enjoy this site. If you're not into such things, though, it is out of the way. We combined a stop at Segesta with one at the walled city of Erice.

The temple is a short, slightly steep climb from the parking lot. To reach the theater, you have to take a shuttle bus that runs every half hour (included with the entrance fee). There are signs in Italian and English at both sites, and bathrooms at the temple but not the theater. No shop at either site.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

We visited this temple on the way to Erice and actually lost a lot of time for nothing. I wich we spent that time in perfect Erice.really nothing to see, not reccomend

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

This site was well worth visiting. From Neolithic to Greek and Roman spectacles. Walk up to the top of the city, see the thetre, and then over to the Temple on the way back. We went in Feb and there were only us and a few friendly dogs on site!

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

It is strange to see a so big building. The steps you have to take to reach the interal part of the temple seem to be prepared for giants and not for person. The Style is Doric and it seems taken from a art book (very simple no variation).
As curiosity the columns have a foot, that should not be present in the doric style. Some author state that it is due to the fact that the temple was left uncomplete...

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

We visited Segesta and viewed the temple and the theatre. The temple commands an evocative position and in the late afternoon sun presents a splendid spectacle. The theatre is one of the best preserved classical theatres and is about 1km away from the temple by a steep footpath/road. The temple built between 426 & 416 BC predates the theatre by about 100 years but both are in remarkable condition.
The temple stands alone whilst the theatre (or ampitheatre) was built adjacent a hill top settlement some of which has been excavated. The acoustics of the theatre are very good and with a capacity of nearly 4000 this was most important to the Greeks who built these 2 structures.
At 10 euros admission to the site access is not cheap, but if you are over 65 and bring your passport entry is free like most other places of intrest in Sicily

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