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“Enjoy wandering around these sprawling ruins (and maybe take in a night show)”
Review of Selinunte

Selinunte
Ranked #204 of 4,363 things to do in Sicily
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Owner description: You will think you were transported to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, when you gaze upon these well-preserved temple ruins.
Reviewed 19 August 2017

The wonderful thing about this site is the ability to wander, often on your own, around this huge and complex archaeological site.

Some advice:

*if walking is not your thing, take advantage of the "train" that will take you to a couple of the main attractions. You may also want to take advantage of this motorized transport if you're trying to maximize your time.
*there are washrooms on the Acropolis near Temples O/A. Don't expect to find much in terms of food and drink (other than maybe some flavoured ices/granite) so make sure to bring your own if you are going to spend time here.
*not everyone will enjoy the more remote locations (e.g., the necropolis, the Malaphoros shrine, etc.) but we loved the fact that we were virtually alone and could pretend to be explorers.
*check to see if there are evening concerts at the site and take advantage! Among other things, you will end up seeing the ruins in the evening light. If there is no concert, stay until closing to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and the evening "glow".
*pop into the Museo Civico in the near-by town of Castelvetrano to learn more about Selinunte and to see the "Efebo of Selinunte", one of the few bronze Greek statues that still exist.
*read up about the site before you go. There are some good interpretive panels in different places but a number are also fairly weather beaten.

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

We were truly awed by this magnificent historic site which was almost deserted when we visited on a sweltering July afternoon. (In the searing heat, it would've been a good idea to pay for the small electric buggies that ferry people around the large site.) Partially restored, the first temple we came to commanded imposing views over the surrounding countryside; it felt so atmospheric to wander amongst the huge tufa columns. There are informative storyboards dotted around the site also translated into English as well as a great small museum which sheds further light on the immense history of Selinute. Elsewhere, old earthquake damage is evident, pillars & masonry scattered about as if they were weightless. We didn't have time to visit the tufa quarries which are about 20 minutes away but were inspired tto do so in the future.

1  Thank LondonCLK
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Reviewed 25 July 2017

Truly amazing site. The two temples that have been reconstructed have been done some sympathetically and give just a glimpse and impression of their magnificence. Even just walking among the massive ruined columns gives a sense of awe.

It is worth it to book the electric carts as there is so much to see and it is a vast site.
If you are exhausted you can skip the farthest site - especially as most of the finds are in the museum.

1  Thank Suzi L
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Reviewed 24 June 2017

The site is quite large, but easily accessible. The two sections are connected by a road that you can drive or take a shuttle. The one temple that has been re-erected allows the visitor to walk on the inside, which is not allowed at most other ancient Greek sites. Signage is very clear and in Italian and English.

Take your time and walk slowly among the pieces of limestone. Appreciate their size. Then, go to Cave di Cusa (same entry ticket) to see where Selinunte's columns were quarried.

3  Thank rondi3
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

Selinunte was my favorite archaeological site in Sicily. First, it wasn’t crowded at all, and we could poke around almost alone in some instances. Secondly, only one temple has been very restored, but there are other temples that are partially intact so that you see archaeology in its process and can use your imagination to reconstruct the site and even find things that others have not come across. When we finished visiting the east temples, we saw people straggling in the hot sun over the long path to the Acropolis on another hill, since they didn’t realize that you can walk back to the parking lot instead and then drive up to the Acropolis. We ended up making two trips from the Acropolis back to the parking lot to ferry tired visitors but met some wonderful people that way.

4  Thank diiplo11
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