The majestic monument of the Segesta Temple, and the quaint town of Erice, encapsulates the charm and allure of Sicily.
From Palermo, you will travel west to the ancient port of Trapani before venturing inland towards Mount Barbaro, 1,380 feet above sea level, en route to Segesta.
The ancient capital of the Elymians was said be founded by exiles from Troy. Located on rolling hills facing Monte Barbaro, the Segesta Temple survived many attacks, which eventually destroyed the city. Built in fifthth century BC, the Temple boasts 36 Doric columns supporting pediments and entablatures. Take a moment to appreciate the elevated location of this impressive monument and enjoy the commanding views.
Located atop Mount San Giuliano, Erice has ancient origins linked with the goddess of fertility, Venus Erycina. During your walking tour, you will discover the highlights of this charming town with its quaint medieval character, well-preserved city walls, paved streets and stone houses, featuring beautifully decorated wooden doors. You will also enjoy exterior views of the Church of the Virgin Mary, Balio Gardens and Venus Castle.
After your visit to Erice, you’ll be treated to a traditional Sicilian-style luncheon, accompanied by wine and coffee at a local restaurant.
Note: The drive from Palermo to Segesta takes approximately one hour with a further hour-long drive from Segesta to Erice. This tour involves approximately two hours of walking over uneven and inclined surfaces with some steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.