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Selinunte

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Selinunte[1] (full name Marinella di Selinunte) is a village on the south coast of Sicily, Italy most famous for the neighbouring ruins of the Greek city of Selinus.

Temple at Selinunte

Get in[edit]

Several buses a day run from outside the railway station in Castelvetrano to Selinunte. However the timetables are 'not entirely reliable' so be prepared for a long wait.

By train[edit]

From Castelvetrano, there are reasonably regular trains to Palermo, Mazara del Vallo, Marsala and Trapani.

By bus[edit]

There are frequent buses from Castelvetrano to Mazara del Vallo, Marsala and Trapani, and less frequently to Palermo, Sciacca, Eraclea Minoa and Agrigento.

Tickets[edit]

Adult price: 9 EUR (October 2010), which also permit entry into the remains at Segesta in the following 2 days.

Get around[edit]

As all archeological parks it is a pedestrian area but there is an electric bus running up and down the park taking you from the Temples area to the Acropolis through the harbour.

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The Selnius complex is large and impressive, with excellent views over the coastline beyond.

Near the entrance are three temples: one imposingly re-erected, one partially rebuilt and one a huge pile of stone columns and lintels.

Further on is the Acropolis - the former city has some monumental protetcive walls, especially impressive is the North Gate. Inside are another four temples, again in varying states of repair.

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Enjoy the quiet beaches.

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There are a couple of good local bars in the village in front of the small harbour serving snacks year-round. A good place to relax.

There are restaurants open during the high season, and probably the evening.

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Check with the local tourist office that the hotels are open in Winter.

Get out[edit]

  • The Cava di Cusa - the quarry that produced the stone for the Selinus temples is a short car ride away. There, you can see partially-carved columns - abandoned columns also punctuate the original track back to the temple site.


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