Western Sicily attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Western Sicily

Ruins of Segesta

One of western Sicily's must-see attractions, the ruins of Segesta straddle a lonely hilltop less than an hour from Palermo and Trapani. The archaeological site's centrepiece, just uphill from the ticket office, is …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Western Sicily

Ruins of Selinunte

The ancient Greek metropolis of Selinunte was built in the 7th century BC on a promontory overlooking the sea, and over two and a half centuries became one of the world's richest and most powerful cities. Destroyed …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Selinunte

Acropolis

The Acropolis, the heart of Selinunte's political and social life, occupies a slanted plateau overlooking the now-silted-up Gorgo di Cottone. Huddled in the southeastern part are five temples (A, B, C, D and O). Vir…
Top Choice Park in Golfo di Castellammare

Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro

This coastal nature reserve is a hiker's paradise and a haven for wildlife, including the rare Bonelli’s eagle and 40 other bird species. Wild carob and bright yellow euphorbia dust the hillsides, along with 700 oth…
Top Choice Cave in Levanzo

Grotta del Genovese

Between 6000 and 10,000 years old, the Upper Palaeolithic wall paintings and neolithic incised drawings at the Genovese Cave were discovered in 1949 by Francesca Minellono, a painter from Florence who was holidaying…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Selinunte

Eastern Temples

The eastern temples are the most stunning of all Selinunte's ruins, crowned by the majestic Temple E. Built in the 5th century BC and reconstructed in 1958, Temple E stands out due to its completeness; as you walk f…
Museum in Mazara del Vallo

Museo del Satiro

The jewel in Mazara's crown, this museum revolves around its central exhibit, a bronze statue known as the Satiro danzante (Dancing Satyr), hauled from the watery depths by local fishermen in the late 1990s. The scu…
Archaeological Site in Saline di Trapani

Mozia

Located on the tiny island of San Pantaleo, ancient Mozia (also known as Motya or Mothia) was one of the Mediterranean's most important Phoenician settlements. Established in the 8th century BC and coveted for its s…
Church in Trapani

Chiesa del Purgatorio

Just off the corso in the heart of the city, this church houses the impressive 18th-century Misteri, 20 life-sized wooden effigies depicting the story of Christ's Passion, which take centre stage during the city's d…
Castle in Erice

Castello di Venere

This 12th- to 13th-century Norman castle was built over the Temple of Venus, long a site of worship for the ancient Elymians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Nowadays the castle's rooms are off-limits, but visitors …