Welcome to Segesta


Long before the arrival of the Greeks, Segesta was the principal city of the Elymians, an ancient civilisation claiming descent from the Trojans that settled in Sicily in the Bronze Age. The Elymians were in constant conflict with Greek Selinunte, whose destruction (in 409 BC) they pursued with bloodthirsty determination. More than 100 years later the Greek tyrant Agathocles slaughtered over 10,000 Elymians and repopulated Segesta with Greeks.

Little remains of ancient Segesta today, save its hilltop theatre and never-completed Doric temple, yet the ruins' remarkable state of preservation and the majesty of their rural setting combine to make this one of Sicily's enduring highlights.


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Segesta activities

$144.58 Day Trips & Excursions

Erice, Segesta Day Tour from Palermo with Sicilian Lunch

Meet your tour leader in central Palermo and head for the hills towards two beautiful towns in Sicily’s wild west. After a relaxing journey in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, stop at Erice, an isolated medieval town perched high on top of Mt Erice. Listen as your tour leader reveals Erice’s fascinating backstory. Legend suggests that Erice was founded by the indigenous Elymian people, who were believed to be Trojan exiles. Admire the breathtaking vistas of sweeping valleys and wander around the maze of Mediterranean lanes. Venture into some of the town’s pastry shops, which are known for their mouthwatering selections of specialty sweets, such as marzipan candies and almond and pistachio pastries. Travel to a Sicilian olive oil estate and tuck into a typical Sicilian lunch that features fresh local produce such as cheese, salumi and olives. Savor samples of olive oil and wine, which are also produced locally. After lunch, continue to Segesta, another city connected to the ancient Elymian people. Pay the admission fee to enter the archaeological site independently. Explore the ancient ruins at your leisure, marveling at the unfinished Doric temple, which dates back to the 5th century BC and at panoramic vistas of the rolling hills. Please note that your tour leader will not accompany you inside the site, but he or she will be able to share information about its highlights and history. Afterward, settle back into your seat for a scenic drive back to central Palermo, where your tour concludes.

$127.23 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Transfer: Palermo to Segesta Archeo Park

Departure in the morning or early afternoon from your Palermo accommodation or Palermo airport. Enjoy 1-hour private transfer from Palermo to Segesta and admire the magnificent panoramas during the ride. Upon arrival, experience the park on your own (entrance ticket at your expense). You will have about 2-hours to visit the area, you will be given a dedicated guide book of Segesta (in English) to follow.Do not miss the magnificent Greek-Elymian doric temple and the breathtaking views from the Greek theater located at the top of Monte Barbaro. At end of the tour, meet your private driver and relax on your way back to Palermo.

$694 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Shore Excursion from Trapani to Segesta and Erice

This is a private shore excursion to Segesta and Erice from Trapani, with English speaking driver and comfortable ride. Meet your driver at your hotel in Trapani or at the port, and embark on a 40 minute-drive to Segesta. This is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites of Sicily, founded by the Elymian population and refugees from destroyed Troy, before the arrival of the Greeks. Segesta's ancient Greek temple can make a valid claim to being the best preserved in the world, and its amphitheater boasts a hilltop position on Mount Barbaro second to none. Kindly take note that the admission fees are not included in the rate and should be paid on site (approximately 10 euro per person)Board the car again and after a 45 minute-ride you, will reach Erice, a small Medieval town with a population of a few hundred inhabitants that grows considerably during summer periods. Located on the summit of the Mount, Erice was once dominated by the Elimi that gave the village its ancient name. Erice founded the temple dedicated to Venus, goddess of love and fertility. The village, surrounded by cyclopean walls, is characterized by stone paths and adorned with trees, plants and flowers, giving the center a magical and enchanted atmosphere. Its large and spectacular view is breathtaking—from Erice, Trapani can be seen with its characteristic sickle shape and Monte Cofano with Custonaci at its feet. The town is also famous for its delicious almond cookies and marzipan, lovely ceramics and colorful rag rugs.On the way back to the ship, make a quick stop in Trapani, a place renowned for its fine seafood and Sicilian cuisine, and try some of the local delicacies while admiring the medieval architecture of the old town.Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded.

$347 Private & Custom Tours

SEGESTA ERICE

MEETING LOCATION : Meet up location: Meet up location:Port or your hotel in the center of Palermo I will hold a sign with clients' name. WHAT IS INCLUDED Visit some of the most beautiful parts of Western Sicily with this day trip from Palermo to Erice, Segesta,Trapani Salt Pans. Visit an archaeological site. We first visit the wonderful Greek Temple and Theatre of Segesta. Proceeding to Erice a really fairytaile mounting-top. Visit of the main  Church, we will stroll around the typical Medieval streets and see the Norman-Spanish Castle which in ancient time was the location of the shrine dedicated to the goddes of love : the ancient cult of the mother goddes. Visit of the oldest almond bakery owned by Maria Grammatico (free tasting of the typical pastry ) WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: this is only a guided tour.On request I can arrange for you a car or van transportation . Entrance fees Food and drinks   Next we drive back to the sea-front in order to see the salt pans all along the coast of Trapani.

$144.58 Transfers & Ground Transport

Transfer from Palermo airport to Trapani

Our company offers private transfers from Palermo airport to Trapani city. We make transfers throughout western Sicily.  Book with us your personalized transfers Siciltransfert, in Trapani Airport, is a Taxi Service from Trapani Airport to Trapani City where are situated the most important hotels: Baia dei Mulini, Vittoria Hotel, Crystal Hotel, Russo Hotel and several Bed and breakfast with Siciltransfert you can reach also San Vito lo Capo, Erice, Marsala, Egadi Islands (Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo)Cefalu', Castellammare del golfo, Alcamo, the archeological sites of Segesta, Selinunte, Mothia and all the most beautiful turistic spots of the west Sicily. Taxi LOW COST and SHUTTLE SERVICE. You can arrive to Trapani Airport by Ryan Air Company's flights from: BARCELLONA (Girona), BIRMINGHAM, BREMEN, BRUXELLES, DUBLIN, DUSSELDORF (Weeze), FRANKFURT (Hahn), LONDON (Luton), OSLO (Torp), PARIS (Beauvais), STOCKHOLM, PISA, TURIN, ROME,VENICE, BOLOGNA

$190.85 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Transfer, Taxi from Palermo Airport to San Vito Lo Capo

Our company offers private transfers from Palermo airport to San Vito Lo Capo We make transfers throughout western Sicily.  Book with us your personalized transfers. Siciltransfert, company present in the field of road passenger transport since 2000, is proposed between the airports of Palermo and Trapani Birgi to any destination in Sicily. In particular, our services cover all arrivals of the airline Ryanair, Alitalia, Air One, Windjet landing in Trapani-Birgi (TPS) or Palermo Falcone-Borsellino (PMO). Through our online booking it is possible to book the trip in a few minutes and with the tranquility of finding one of our representatives waiting for you to take you to your final destination . Siciltransfert, in Trapani Airport, is a Taxi Service from Trapani Airport to Trapani City where are situated the most important hotels: Baia dei Mulini, Vittoria Hotel, Crystal Hotel, Russo Hotel and several Bed and breakfast with Siciltransfert you can reach also San Vito lo Capo, Erice, Marsala, Egadi Islands (Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo)Cefalu', Castellammare del golfo, Alcamo, the archeological sites of Segesta, Selinunte, Mothia and all the most beautiful turistic spots of the west Sicily. Taxi LOW COST and SHUTTLE SERVICE. You can arrive to Trapani Airport by Ryan Air Company's flights from: BARCELLONA (Girona), BIRMINGHAM, BREMEN, BRUXELLES, DUBLIN, DUSSELDORF (Weeze), FRANKFURT (Hahn), LONDON (Luton), OSLO (Torp), PARIS (Beauvais), STOCKHOLM, PISA, TURIN, ROME,VENICE, BOLOGNA

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