Top archaeological sites to visit in Sicily

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sicily is the perfect holiday destination. A mix of relaxation on the beach and sightseeing of some of the best archeological sites in the country should make this island the place of your dream.

There’s plenty of accommodation around those archaeological areas ranging from outside camping to luxurious villas, which you can book on sites like this. The following are some of the most magnificent archeological sites that Sicily hosts.

The Valley of Temples

This site, located in Agrigento, is Sicily’s most prominent archeological park. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and still today remains one of the main historical attractions for both tourists and locals.

Valley of Temples

Valley of Temples

The site features eight Greek temples built during the 6th and 5th century BC: the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestos, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius.

Selinunte

In the southwest of Sicily, the little town of Selinunte hosts one of the best Greek archeological sites in the island. Located on top of a high plain, the view of the Mediterranean Sea from this site is absolutely stunning.

Selinunte

Selinunte

At the entrance of the Selinunte archaeological park, you can see the majestic Doric temple that was reconstructed in the 1950s after it had been wiped out from an earthquake.

Right behind the Doric temple, there are two smaller temples that lead to the Selinunte Greek temple, which was supposed to become one of the largest temples of the ancient world but was never actually completed.

Segesta

The town of Segesta, Sicily is located high upon Mt. Barbaro between the cities of Palermo and Trapani. From afar, its majestic Greek temple seems like a surreal painting in the clouds. The temple of Segesta was built in the 5th century and has 36 columns still completely intact. However, it lacks a rooftop, which suggests that the temple was never actually completed.

Segesta

Segesta

A remarkable amphitheater that stands on top of a neighboring hill is also worth of your attention. From up there, visitors can enjoy a priceless view of the Gulf of Castellamare.

Taormina

Taormina is not only one of the towns that tourists love the most for its shops and restaurants located 206 meters above the sea level; the pearl of the Mediterranean also features beautiful Medieval buildings and an outstanding Greek-Roman theatre that represent the history of this town in full scale.

Taormina

Taormina

In fact, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, the French and the Spanish all came to and through Taormina, leaving each a piece of their culture and conquer. This town is a must for everyone!

Syracuse

This city has many attractions, but its archeological park is definitely worth of your attention. The site is called Neapolis, but was once called by the Greeks Pentapolis, meaning five cities. Here, you can find the Siracusa Greek Theater, Roman ruins, and stone quarries, like the Latomia del Paradiso, which now flourishes with orange and lemon trees.

Syracuse

Syracuse

What people love the most is the majestic the Ear of Dionysus, a 20m-high lender pointed arch cut into the rock face that develops inwards for about 65 meters.

Tindari

If you’re driving down the Palermo-Messina interstate, you will notice the Sanctuary of Black Madonna of Tindari high upon a rock that overlooks the sea. This sanctuary is a place of pilgrimage located in the little ancient Greek town of Tindari.

Tindari

Tindari

Roman habitations and bathhouses, along with remains of colorful mosaics, walls, arches, and a well-preserved theatre all stand as testimonies of the rich ancient history that has once again struck this place.

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