Tempio di Segesta (Tempio Influenza Greca), Calatafimi-Segesta
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A stunningly well-preserved ancient temple in a picturesque setting, Tempio di Segesta (Tempio Influenza Greca) 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. Before you head to Calatafimi-Segesta, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Calatafimi-Segesta trip itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Calatafimi-Segesta has to offer, including Tempio di Segesta (Tempio Influenza Greca).
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • If you're bored whilst on holiday in or around Trapani or Palermo then Segesta is a nice trip out. But there's only one, unfinished, Greek temple and an impressive theatre on the hillside above the ca...  more »
  • Beautiful archaeological site of ancient Greece, the temple is beautiful and is very particular about the history of its construction ... ...
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  • A temple preserved amazingly well, place in a truly unique and spectacular natural environment. I don't miss to visit the Temple of Segesta (and the nearby Theatre, including the same entrance fee of 6 Euro) If you are in the area of Trapani. We visited in mid-October at the opening of the gates (9 hours), then with very few visitors and with an ideal temperature. I am afraid that in high summer the situation--between hot and scores of visitors-are very different ... The temple is easily reached from Trapani or Palermo even by bus. Once you enter the archaeological area, the temple is an easy walk to the Theatre instead is distant and the road up the hill there are internal shuttle buses leading up to the temple (costs 1.5 Euros if I remember correctly), but the ascent on foot with emotions and views really invaluable In summary ... not to be missed!
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  • Well preserved Temple. Also adjacent amphitheater. The amphitheater is a stiff hike up. Take the bus if you have doubts. Great view of the temple as you ascend to the amphitheater. Free toilets!
  • Well preserved historic temple.. On a Hot day, it might take some will to hike up although it's a short distance, but very majestic and HUGE..
  • It could be much better if this temple was finished, but it wasn't, so not really worth to drive and pay entry for. Fortunately, ticket includes amphitheatre visit on opposite side.
  • Just an old stone temple. Trust me. Picturesque, yes. Worth a 1 hour drive? Definitely not. Are you going to be uncomfortable in hot weather? Yep! Pizza vending machine (you read that right) and free Wi-Fi at the ticket store.
  • A great place. Temples are persevered well.