Tempio di Segesta, Calatafimi-Segesta

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A stunningly well-preserved ancient temple in a picturesque setting, Tempio di Segesta has survived nearly 2,500 years seemingly unaffected by the ravages of time. Sitting on a hill just outside the site of the ancient city of Segesta, this Doric temple was built sometime in the late fifth century BCE. Several things suggest that the structure was never actually completed, such as the unfluted columns and the lack of any evidence that it possessed a finished roof. The building also appears never to have had a cella, a small inner chamber usually found in Hellenic temples. The origins of the temple remain a mystery, as it was constructed in an area that was not mainly populated by Greeks. Be sure to bring your camera and wear a pair of comfortable shoes, as the terrain is a bit steep and bumpy on the way up. Plan to visit Tempio di Segesta and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Calatafimi-Segesta attractions using our Calatafimi-Segesta online trip itinerary maker .
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  • Historic site with a temple and a theater 5 'parking 6 ' per person Free for teens 1.5 ' to go up to the theater if not a good half hour of climb in full sun Little explanation on the site Damage because it represents well the pass of the island
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  • The crowds were thin on our late October visit allowing us to fully enjoy this dramatic place. It is an important site due to its unfinished nature that gave insight on how these temples were construc...  more »
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  • Seeing the actual temple was cool! But it’s overpriced (6E) and they make you park (5E) in a separate parking lot and pay for a shuttle bus (even though there’s a parking lot right next to it). Then you can either walk up the big hill (we did; not bad) or pay for another bus. I would still probably recommend it, just be prepared for the price.
  • From the coach that escorted us from the car park to the venue, through to the diner & actual temple - it was amazing. The temple is an uphill walk from the dining area where the coach drops us off to, but it is definitely worth it seeing the beautiful surrounding views and the well preserved Segesta Temple. The food at the diner was lovely and fresh; obviously doused in plenty of olive oil! Staff were able to understand our English orders and the weather was obviously stunning.
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