Departing Trapani by coach, you will embark on a relaxing 1-hour drive through rolling green hills to the abandoned ancient city of Segesta. As you arrive, you are greeted by the magnificent ruins of Segesta's glorious Doric Temple. Standing alone on a hilltop, the Temple rises above the pristine beauty of the tranquil Sicilian countryside, creating an unforgettable vision for visitors. Considered to be one of the best-preserved archaeological sites to be found anywhere, its idyllic location truly sets it apart from other historical sites. As your knowledgeable guide shares with you the history of this forgotten city, you'll be treated to amazing panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and peaceful valleys that are spread out before you. Following your orientation of the site, you are free to do some exploring on your own and discover how Segesta reflects the presence of several ancient civilizations, beginning with the elusive Elymians.
While visitors are naturally drawn to the impressive Doric Temple, it is just one of the highlights of this archaeological park. The theater which rises on top of a hill overlooking the Castellamare Gulf, is also a breath-taking site to see and the path that leads to the theater is bordered by remains of this once thriving ancient city. Recent excavations have unearthed a Muslim necropolis and a mosque dating from the 12 century that is actually situated next to the site of a Norman castle. Evidence suggests that the mosque was destroyed after the arrival of a new Christian overlord at the beginning of the 13th century and Segesta seems to have finally been abandoned toward the second half of the 13th century. While much of the history of this mesmerizing city that once controlled several major roads between the coast to the north and the hinterland is unknown, it still captures the attention of visitors today by providing an unforgettable glimpse of what once was. Following a memorable 2-hour visit, you will re-board your coach for the return trip to the pier in Trapani.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking/standing, mainly at the guest's discretion. There is an uphill climb to reach some of the sites and there are natural and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns. A light sweater or jacket; sun caps; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.