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“Wonderful Greek ruins by the see”
Review of Selinunte

Ranked #228 of 4,416 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 13 September 2017

We read a lot of good reviews about Selinunte and I am happy to say that they were right: what a wonderful time we had there! Even if we arrived early, the day was hot, so we took the train that takes you to the different areas of the ruins (and this was a great success as we avoid to walk under the sun).

The ruins are amazing, you can wonder around them and they are complemented with a visitors center in which you can get a lot of information about them. Also, the fact that they are so close to the see, make the scenery fantastic.

I would totally recommend to visit Selinunte, a must in Sicily.

2  Thank Roberto A
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Very interesting place. Temples and ruins are impressive to see. Took the golf cart ride as it was over 100 degrees and no real shade anywhere. Was fun to wander around and read what information they had in English at various points at this huge archaeological sight. I think an English guide would have helped me understand more of what I was seeing but never the less it was worth the 3 hour visit. It was so interesting to see how people lived then and awesome to imagine how they built these structures. Not all is original, some sections have bee reproduced but it gives you a good idea of how it was. As it was so hot I recommend an early start and be out by hottest part or day. Bring water bottle and wear good sneakers or shoes.

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

Selinunte was probably the only archeological site we visited on our roadtrip that my 18 year old brother enjoyed, because you can climb freely on the ruins.

Selinunte was amazing. The sea breeze kept us cool as we enjoyed beautiful temples. We spent over an hour at the main temple ruin just taking photos and enjoying the atmosphere. A class of Italian schoolchildren were performing a play about the Greeks in front of the temple, which was interesting to watch.

Behind the main temple are ruins that haven't been reconstructed--just piles of loose-lying columns. It was very cool. We were able to climb into the mess of ruins and be surrounded by columns. Just be careful to wear long pants, as you'll be wading through the brush to do so.

Aside from the main temple that is easy to access on foot, there is another temple closer to the sea that you can visit via electric buggie ride from the site's staff--just ask to be taken there. The staff then gave us 30 minutes to explore these remains and came back to pick us up at that time.

Overall Selinunte was a wonderful site, highly recommend if you're interested in ruins. You can easily kill a few hours wandering around and enjoying the scenery :)

1  Thank olibR8523YC
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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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