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Segesta[1] is the site of an ancient Graeco-Roman city on the Italian island of Sicily, some 74 km SW of Palermo.

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The site is immediately off the main A29 road, straight after a long tunnel if travelling from the East.

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Parking is no longer at the site of the ruins but is at a new site little way down the road. This site has a cafe and souvenir store. €5 will get a car parked and a transfer of the occupants by bus to the archeological park. You then pay a furthe €9 per person park entry.

Entry to the temple is on foot - about a 5 minute uphill walk.

A bus (EUR 1.50) is available every 30 minutes to the site of the Amphitheatre at the top of the hill. It's a brisk, uphill 20 minute walk alternatively (no entrance fee). Last bus back to the parking lot is around 19:00.

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Detail of the temple, showing the unfinished stonework as it was abandoned.

There are 2 major sights at this location:

  • the Doric temple - built 430-420 BCE, 61 m (190 feet) long, 26 m wide, built upon a platform of 4 steps, with a total of 36 Doric columns supporting the stone roof-frame of the structure (14 columns along the lengths of the building, 6 columns across front and back). The columns are of a "rough" finish because they were apparently never "fluted", the temple never reaching completion. The temple seems also to have lacked a roof over the cella (main chamber) in antiquity, rather uniquely - scholars are in disagreement as to whether the temple was deliberately planned this way, or just never completed. Entry is charged.
  • the Amphitheatre - an amazing hilltop feature built by the Greeks c 400BC, known by the Romans and rediscovered in the 19th Century. Hosts dramtic theatre in the Summer months.

In addiitonal there are other remains from the Roman and medieval periods which are documented by signage in 5 languages across the site.

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Coffee and pizza are well deserved at the cafe near the car park if you walked to the amphitheatre.

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