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“Interesting site, well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Selinunte

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Private Wine Tour and Archeological Area of Selinunte with licensed Guide
Ranked #152 of 2,860 things to do in Sicily
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Owner description: You will think you were transported to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, when you gaze upon these well-preserved temple ruins.
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Interesting site, well worth a visit”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

This is a really interesting, ancient site, in a beautiful setting.
Unfortunately a lot of the remains are in ruins, only small parts have been reconstructed, but don't let that put you off. Buy a guide book at the ticket office and it will open your eyes.
I think there must have been quite a lot of investment recently, the ticket office seemed new and there's obviously some work still taking place.
The two bits we visited were the eastern temples and the acropolis. The eastern temples are a few minutes walk from the ticket office. The acropolis is quite a walk away or you can get there by golf buggy (which you have to pay for, although I'm not sure how much), which saves walking around in the extreme heat. Otherwise, if you're in a car I would strongly recommend doing what we were advised to do by our hotel. Park at the ticket office and go and look at the eastern temples, then walk out and move the car to the car park near the acropolis. This wouldn't be necessary in the spring or autumn, but in the summer it was sizzling!
Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

This was not a bad site, and it feels weird to give it only 3 out of 5 pints, but if you've seen Agrigento or Segesta, this place is a bit messy.
Still, it is an important historic site well worth a visit.

Visited July 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“More Ruins in Better Condition than Most Sites”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

We enjoyed a walking tour around the grounds, but there is also a golf cart ride option which takes you to a number of sites further away. The ruins of the great temples here are fabulous! There are more columns and roof mounts standing than any other place I've seen (which includes Greece). An earthquake on the promontory overlooking the Mediterranean caused these great temples' demise. If you walk far enough, you will discover that many of the ruins of this ancient city are covered in bushes (yet to be uncovered and restored) and that there are beautiful seaside villages below the cliffs.

Visited May 2012
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Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“All day experience”
Reviewed May 15, 2012

Not to be missed at any expense. Cheapest day of entertainment in Sicily. Bring a lunch an water. Do not take the tram through this wonderland of ruins and culture if your able to walk. Selinunte is to be experienced slowly, absorbing the feelings that come from wonder and imagination of being an ancient Greek in this paradise. 1000 acres to explore, open plains, ocean views, wildflowers in Spring and total escape from the present. The ruins are well worn for the most part, suffering from their ocean proximity. An interesting cross between single temple restoration and cleared views and walking paths through what once was a great thought-out civilized township. Selinunte town has several excellent and reasonable accommodations walking distance from the archeological park.

Visited May 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Disappointing after Agrigento”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

While the ruins, what there were of them, were impressive, the experience was diminished by lack of help at the site, lack of audio guides, as well as very poor signage telling you where to go. Informational signs were so technical that they offered little historical value. There were a few drivers there, but only to help those who chose not to walk--not tour guides. Poor sight management compared to Agrigento. Also poor bathroom facilities.

Visited April 2012
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