Beautiful attractions which makes you wonder what has happened in that place during centuries.
A steep hill to climb if the bus isn't there
You haven't seen them all without seeing this one.
The Greeks always chose their towns and settlements in perfect areas. Not only did the high up location protect the settlement since invaders or attackers were visible, but also offered splendid views over the surrounding region. Segesta is one of those sites that is beautifully located overlooking the rolling hills of Sicily.more
The Greek Theatre originates from around the 3rd to 2nd century BC in the Hellenic period. It stands in the highest part of the ancient city at about 400 metres on the cliffs of Mount Barbaro. The auditorium is 63.60 meters in diameter and offers splendid views over the Sicilian country side.more
This majestic moderate-sized hexastyle Doric Temple (36 columns) stands on a tall three stepped stylobate on a small hill overlooking a deep ravine (of the Pispisa river) surrounded by gentle mountains and greenery with birds flying through. There is no cella and you can wander and climb in and all around. Unlike other Greek structures, it is...more
The theater is carved into the rock of Mt. Barbaro with lateral extensions of quarried free-standing wings. It is easiest reached by bus (See Transportation). The theater is quite large,with a cavea 63 m in diameter, containg 7 sections and 2 rows in two tiers (seating 3200). It may have been built after the Athenian "con-job" failed or ater the...more
Excavations are slowly under way on the remains of Segesta. There are a Roman wall and a medieval town built on earlier ruins with a structure (12-15C?) called the "Castello". This must have been a refuge from Saracens and Normans. There are remains of a church too. These are located at the top of Mt. Barbaro around the theater area. I guess that...more
SS 113 - KM 338,4, Calatafimi-Segesta, 91013, Italy
Good for: Business
You have only 2 ways to get up to the theater: 1) walk ( 2km, 30 minutes all uphill) 2)bus.This is oviously faster (1.2 euro round-trip) and less tiring. It goes up Mt. Barbaro from next to the concession area every half-hour (on the hour). You cannot drive up yourself. The trip takes about 10 minutes, the returns are prompt. Out the window are...more
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