Temples & Ruins

Sicily has a rich history with sites of archaeological interest abound. The Greeks and Romans left an impressive array of temples, amphitheatres and ruins but other occupants also left their mark such as the Normans and Byzantines. Here are some of the most impressive:

Segesta

Segesta - Temple

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Not really Greek or Roman but Elymian ruins of a temple, amphitheatre and other buildings; Segesta is in the countryside and surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Easy to get to from Trapani in the west of Sicily, you can even get there by train, although it is a tediously slow train. Go in spring and you will also be greeted by a carpet of wild flowers.

Agrigento
AgrigentoTemple at Agrigento

A vast archeological site consisting of a number of temples. A UNESCO site and rightly so. Lots of walking to be done here with little shade in between so visiting in the early morning or late afternoon is better if you go in the heat of summer. Located in the south of Sicily, some nice beaches and the Turkish steps wait for you nearby.

Selinuntewildflowers amongst the ruins selinunte beach

A vast archeological site where the former city has been left mostly in ruins. Most people love the fact that they can clamber over stones, although, it is hard to imagine how it used to look. Located in the South-west of Sicily, it is near to a beautiful beach.

Tindari

This often overlooked sight is pretty impressive but part of it have been poorly looked after. Located on a cliff top near Messina, the beach below is lovely to visit and there are stunning views of the Aeolian islands on a clear day. Visit the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna while you are there.

Taormina

The Greek amphitheatre at Taormina hosts music concerts and opera in the summer. It has a perfect, jaw-dropping view of Mt Etna. Located in the Province of Messina but also close to Catania.

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