Selinunte Archaeological Park

The largest Archaeological area in Europe.Mith, legend, history, culture: the Park of Selinunte it's even more than this. A coffer of treasures far away millenia yet still alive, right here. 270 hectares that tell about one of the most flourishing classical civilizations of the Mediterranean area. A rich story that claim still to be discovered, sought after by tourists as well as researchers and academics from all over the world.

Brief history

From the foundation to the conflict with neighboring Segesta, the intervention of Hannibal until its final destruction:
here 7 historical milestones that marked the birth, the rise and fall of one of West's largest Greek colonies ever

  • Step 1

    Birth of Selinunte

    650-628 B.C.The colonists of Megara Hyblea (now Augusta), guided by the ecistas Pammilo, seek new markets in western Sicily: they found the colony of Selinunte, as rich emporium. The name would stem from "Selinon", which refers to the leaves of "apio", a wild parsley that grows abundantly along the banks and in the valley of river Modione.
  • Step 2

    Two centuries of prosperity and growth

    628 - 420 B.C.Selinunte grows establishing itself as Apoikia and weaving political and commercial relationships with the Carthaginians, the Greeks, it builds the Acropolis, the Sanctuary of Malophoros, founds the sub-colony of Eraclea Minoa. It is the dawn of one of the most flourishing Greek colonies.
  • Step 3

    The conflict with Segesta

    413 B.C.The expansionist ambitions of Selinunte come to undermine the territory of Segesta. After several battles, ended without serious consequences, it came to a confrontation between mighty alliances: Segesta, supported by Carthage and Athens, and Selinunte, supported by Syracuse, Agrigento and Gela.
  • Step 4

    The decisive battle and the defeat of Selinunte

    409 B.C.The battle marks the decisive victory of the Carthaginian Hannibal Magone, thanks to the non arrival of the auxiliary troops from Agrigento and Syracuse. Hannibal crushes and plunders Selinunte, saving only women and children. Thus this is the end of one of the West's most glorious Greek colonies.
  • Step 5

    The treaty of peace between Syracuse and Carthage

    III cent. B.C.Selinunte attempts a revival, relying on the alliance with Syracuse still on. The tyrant Dionysius becomes the protagonist of several attempts to storm the promontory of Lilybaeum (now Marsala territory) and drive the Carthaginians out, but the failure of the military campaign leads to a peace agreement, and Selinunte ended up in the hands of Carthage.
  • Step 6

    The Punic age

    III cent. B.C.Selinunte is rebuilt by the Carthaginians, but only in the area of the acropolis. They settle elements of Punic civilization, spread new cults, and the old city center of Manuzza becomes necropolis.
  • Step 7

    The end of Selinunte

    III-II cent. a.C.During the First Punic War, Selinunte hopes in vain to break free from the yoke of Carthage with the help of the Romans. But the Carthaginians prefer to move their resources to Lilibeo, leaving Selinunte at the mercy of the Romans. Selinunte was never rebuilt and inhabited again. Thus this marks the end of one of the most glorious and important Greek colonies in Sicily.
Credits: Grafimated - Antonio Pirrotta e Alessandra Ragusa

The Temples

7 Temples, some in good condition, built according to a strict Doric order, the oldest Greek architectural style. There are still sanctuaries, necropolis, the caves of Cusa and all the places of interest present within the Archaeological Park.

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Temples A and O

Temples A and O

Set on the Acropolis hill, we only have some remains, revealing how they are practically identical with each other. There are interesting…

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Temple C

Temple C

The oldest among those in the Acropolis, today there are 14 columns on the 17 total north side. 3 metopes were found here, and a giant…

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Temple D

Located on the Acropolis. Compared to Temple C, it shows a progression in construction techniques, but constructive uncertainty is still…

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Temple E

The best preserved among those present on the Eastern Hill, but due to a recent anastyle (between 1956 and 1959). The Temple E has also…

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Temple F

Temple F

It is the oldest and the smallest of the group of Temples on the East Hill. Only ruins are visible today. The originality of this temple is…

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Temple G

Temple G

The largest of the Park and one of the largest in the Greek world. Its construction remained unfinished, and to date only ruins can be…

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Temple R

Just discovered, studied at New York University, Prof. Clemente Marconi Show more

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Sancturary of Malophoros

Located on the hill of Gŕggera, it is the oldest place of worship. Initially the cults took place outdoors, after the construction of the…

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Necropolis

Necropolis

Some areas used as necropolis have been identified around Selinunte: the Necropolis of Buffa, to the north of the eastern hill; Galera…

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Hill of Manuzza and ancient residential area

Hill of Manuzza and ancient residential area

It rises north of the Acropolis, Manuzza Hill was occupied by the ancient residential area with a ippodameo scheme, and here it seems to be…

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Quarries of Cusa

Quarries of Cusa

Approximately 13 km from Selinunte, the stone quarries from which the construction material was extracted for Selinunte. Here you can find…

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Itineraries

The largest archaeological park in Europe, an area of 270 hectares with over 2,500 years of history: here are a series of routes, from short to longest, to find out how every inch of the soil you will scale is part of a historic mosaic that made us what we are.

the temples of the oriental hill

Duration:40 min.Length of path:400 m

The temples of the Acropolis

Duration:1 h 30 min.Length of path:2,5 km

the temples of the oriental hill

A visit that is even less than a touch and escape, which only explores the area immediately in front of the main entrance of the Park. This itinerary sees, as only stage, the East Hill, namely the Temples E, F and G. Although very short, it is still a very impressive visit since, in a single stage and with a very short journey, it allows to see the Temple E, the best preserved of the entire archaeological area, and Temple G, which seems to have been the largest of all Hellenic archeology.

Duration:40 min.Length of path:400 m

The temples of the Acropolis

This itinerary includes only the visit of the Acropolis, the highest point of the ancient Selinunte, which overlooks the sea and offers breathtaking views. In this route, which takes about 2 km of walk from the main entrance of the Park, we will see the remains of the temples of the Dioscuri Castore and Polluce (Temple A and O) and the ruins of the Temples C and D (Apollo and Athens). Temple C is visible on the north side, with 14 standing columns of the 17 total. Particularly important in this area is also Temple R, just discovered near Temple C, and studied at the University of New York. In addition, proceeding north, before the Pianoro della Manuzza, you will see the remains of the urban plan of the Punic era of Selinunte, and two districts of the city. Finally, before the ancient residential area of Manuzza, the fortifications to defend the Acropolis.

Duration:1 h 30 min.Length of path:2,5 km

The temples of the oriental hill and Acropolis

Duration:2 h 30 minLength of path:3 km

Oriental hill, Acropolis, Malophoros and hill of Manuzza

Duration:4 hLength of path:5,5 km

The temples of the oriental hill and Acropolis

This itinerary goes through the most important areas of the Archaeological Park, though it does not includes all the places of interest. The path of about 2.5 / 3 km from the main entrance steps first on the 3 temples of the eastern hill: the Temples E, F and G; crossing the entire hill area, it reaches the Acropolis, with the visit of the Temples A and O, C and D. In addition, proceeding northward, before arriving at the Pianoro della Manuzza, there are still visible the remains of the urban layout of the Punic era of Selinunte, and two districts of the city. Finally, before the ancient residential area of Manuzza, we will see the fortifications to defend the Acropolis.

Duration:2 h 30 minLength of path:3 km

Oriental hill, Acropolis, Malophoros and hill of Manuzza

This itinerary includes all 4 major areas of interest in the Archaeological Park, and it runs on a route of more than 5 km. Between travel times and stops for visiting the temples and archaeological sites, the estimated duration is around 4 hours. It is important, therefore, to have water, caps or sun umbrellas and, of course, good will. Starting from the entrance to the East Hill, we will visit the triptych of temples E, F and G. From here we will head to the Acropolis, with temples A and O, C and D, and the recent excavations of Temple R. We will proceed westward to reach the Sanctuary of Malophoros on the Hill of Gŕggera, to visit the first place of worship in the area; the route ends to the hill of Manuzza, to see the remains of the inhabited village with the urban layout still visible.

Duration:4 hLength of path:5,5 km

Itineraries

The largest archaeological park in Europe, an area of 270 hectares with over 2,500 years of history: here are a series of routes, from short to longest, to find out how every inch of the soil you will scale is part of a historic mosaic that made us what we are.

the temples of the oriental hill

Duration:40 min.Length of path:400 m

the temples of the oriental hill

A visit that is even less than a touch and escape, which only explores the area immediately in front of the main entrance of the Park. This itinerary sees, as only stage, the East Hill, namely the Temples E, F and G. Although very short, it is still a very impressive visit since, in a single stage and with a very short journey, it allows to see the Temple E, the best preserved of the entire archaeological area, and Temple G, which seems to have been the largest of all Hellenic archeology.

Duration:40 min.Length of path:400 m

The temples of the Acropolis

Duration:1 h 30 min.Length of path:2,5 km

The temples of the Acropolis

This itinerary includes only the visit of the Acropolis, the highest point of the ancient Selinunte, which overlooks the sea and offers breathtaking views. In this route, which takes about 2 km of walk from the main entrance of the Park, we will see the remains of the temples of the Dioscuri Castore and Polluce (Temple A and O) and the ruins of the Temples C and D (Apollo and Athens). Temple C is visible on the north side, with 14 standing columns of the 17 total. Particularly important in this area is also Temple R, just discovered near Temple C, and studied at the University of New York. In addition, proceeding north, before the Pianoro della Manuzza, you will see the remains of the urban plan of the Punic era of Selinunte, and two districts of the city. Finally, before the ancient residential area of Manuzza, the fortifications to defend the Acropolis.

Duration:1 h 30 min.Length of path:2,5 km

The temples of the oriental hill and Acropolis

Duration:2 h 30 minLength of path:3 km

The temples of the oriental hill and Acropolis

This itinerary goes through the most important areas of the Archaeological Park, though it does not includes all the places of interest. The path of about 2.5 / 3 km from the main entrance steps first on the 3 temples of the eastern hill: the Temples E, F and G; crossing the entire hill area, it reaches the Acropolis, with the visit of the Temples A and O, C and D. In addition, proceeding northward, before arriving at the Pianoro della Manuzza, there are still visible the remains of the urban layout of the Punic era of Selinunte, and two districts of the city. Finally, before the ancient residential area of Manuzza, we will see the fortifications to defend the Acropolis.

Duration:2 h 30 minLength of path:3 km

Oriental hill, Acropolis, Malophoros and hill of Manuzza

Duration:4 hLength of path:5,5 km

Oriental hill, Acropolis, Malophoros and hill of Manuzza

This itinerary includes all 4 major areas of interest in the Archaeological Park, and it runs on a route of more than 5 km. Between travel times and stops for visiting the temples and archaeological sites, the estimated duration is around 4 hours. It is important, therefore, to have water, caps or sun umbrellas and, of course, good will. Starting from the entrance to the East Hill, we will visit the triptych of temples E, F and G. From here we will head to the Acropolis, with temples A and O, C and D, and the recent excavations of Temple R. We will proceed westward to reach the Sanctuary of Malophoros on the Hill of Gŕggera, to visit the first place of worship in the area; the route ends to the hill of Manuzza, to see the remains of the inhabited village with the urban layout still visible.

Duration:4 hLength of path:5,5 km

TOURIST INFORMATION AND USEFUL CONTACTS

Enjoy your stay at your best: spend a relaxing and carefree holiday, and experience the wonders of Selinunte.
Here some useful information and telephone numbers for emergencies.

  • TOURIST INFORMATION

    Archaeological Park of Selinunte Selinunte street, Castelvetrano - 0924 462770924 46277
    Opening: 9:00am – 6:00pm, end of visit within 7:00pm.
    Ticket prices: full € 6.00, reduced € 3.00

    Civic Museum of Castelvetrano 50, Giuseppe Garibaldi street, Castelvetrano - 0924 9096050924 909605
    Opening: 9:00am-1:00pm and 3:30pm-7:30pm
    Ticket price: € 2.50

    Tourist Office Marinella di Selinunte Garibaldi street, Castelvetrano - 0924 462510924 46251 / 392 7783067392 7783067

    Tourist Office Castelvetrano Garibaldi street, Castelvetrano - 0924 9049320924 904932

  • USEFUL NUMBERS

    Autoservizi Salemi (Public transport) Telephone: 0923 9811200923 981120

    Ufficio Postale Marinella di Selinunte 10, Antigone street, Castelvetrano - 0924 460140924 46014

  • EMERGENCIES

    Police 13 Piemonte street, Castelvetrano - 0924 9073470924 907347

    Carabinieri 7, Vittorio Veneto street, Castelvetrano - 0924 9023760924902376 / 0924 9015100924901510

    Fire department Campobello street, Castelvetrano - 0924 9022220924 902222

    Hospital "Vittorio Emanuele II" Marinella street, Castelvetrano - 0924 9301110924 902222 / 0924 9303000924 930300

    Pharmacy Gancitano 87, G.Caboto street Castelvetrano - 0924 462360924 46236

Read the FAQs

  • When is the Park Accessible?

    It is open every day from 9am to 6pm, including Holidays.The exit must be within 7pm.

  • How do I access the Park?

    In the territory of Castelvetrano there are two access points: the first one is in the village of Marinella di Selinunte in Selinunte street, the other in the village of Triscina di Selinunte in Mediterraneo avenue.

  • How much does the entrance cost?

    The whole ticket costs 6 euros, the reduced one costs 3 euros.Entrance is free for journalists, architecture students or faculty related to the archaeological field.

  • How long does the visit last?

    The minimum time recommended for a surface visit is 60 minutes. To explore long and wide the entire area you need at least 3/4 hours.

  • How to move within the Archaeological Area?

    How to move within the Archaeological Area?The area can be visited on foot but is quite extensive. Once you enter, you can rent private electric cars (price to be agreed upon) or buy a ticket for the tour by train (about 6 euros).

  • Is it possible to access by bike?

    Access to the archaeological site by bicycle is not permitted.

  • Where can I find a map of the Park?

    You can buy a map in one of the commercial activities near the entrance or in one of the info points within the park or click.here.

  • Is it possible to join a guided tour?

    You can request a guide in one of the info points inside the park.