Tempio di Segesta, Calatafimi-Segesta

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A stunningly well-preserved ancient temple in a picturesque setting, Tempio di Segesta has survived nearly 2,500 years seemingly unaffected by the ravages of time. Sitting on a hill just outside the site of the ancient city of Segesta, this Doric temple was built sometime in the late fifth century BCE. Several things suggest that the structure was never actually completed, such as the unfluted columns and the lack of any evidence that it possessed a finished roof. The building also appears never to have had a cella, a small inner chamber usually found in Hellenic temples. The origins of the temple remain a mystery, as it was constructed in an area that was not mainly populated by Greeks. Be sure to bring your camera and wear a pair of comfortable shoes, as the terrain is a bit steep and bumpy on the way up. Plan to visit Tempio di Segesta and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Calatafimi-Segesta attractions using our Calatafimi-Segesta online trip itinerary maker.
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  • Not as crowded as the Valley of the Temples so you can get amazing photographs of both the temple and the amphitheater. Once you secure ticketing, it is a relatively short walk up to see the temple.....  more »
  • Wonderfully preserved masterpiece! You can also enjoy Greek Theatre and stunning views! Not crowded at all. Transportation from parking to temple and then to theatre is organized perfectly (frequent.....  more »
  • The temple and amphitheater, are both amazing in their preservation and settings. The views from both are spectacular. The ticket is €6, so definitely worth it. There is quite a bit of walking to do.....  more »
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  • Seeing the actual temple was cool! But it’s overpriced (6E) and they make you park (5E) in a separate parking lot and pay for a shuttle bus (even though there’s a parking lot right next to it). Then you can either walk up the big hill (we did; not bad) or pay for another bus. I would still probably recommend it, just be prepared for the price.
  • From the coach that escorted us from the car park to the venue, through to the diner & actual temple - it was amazing. The temple is an uphill walk from the dining area where the coach drops us off to, but it is definitely worth it seeing the beautiful surrounding views and the well preserved Segesta Temple. The food at the diner was lovely and fresh; obviously doused in plenty of olive oil! Staff were able to understand our English orders and the weather was obviously stunning.
  • Do stop if you’re in the neighborhood, the temple is truly amazing with an incredible view above the sicilian hills. The amphitheater in the back of the area gives you an unforgettable experience. I remind you to wear your sneakers as the area of the ruins is full of steps. Parking and bus ti the ruins are not included in the entrance ticket price!
  • My Grandmother visited in September 1969 and was awestruck by this place. In fact she visited Sicily mainly for the purpose of seeing it. What is remarkable is that it has stood undamaged for 2400 years through earthquakes and multiple invasions, that have reduced much of antiquity to rubble, completely unscathed. She described it as perfect and delightful so this review is on her behalf. I hope to see it too one day.
  • Very complete temple and a good location. We drove there and were turned around by men at the gate suggesting we park a mile away and get the shuttle. Despite this there is a patch of ground for parking just 50m down the road. Ignore their whistles and attempts to redirect you and park where others have!

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