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 Archaeological parks in Sicilia

 

Sicilia is very rich in ancient remains Greeck, Romans; we present a glimpse of the major Archaeological parks :

Agrigento, Selinunte, Siracusa, Solunto, Segesta

 

Agrigento         

 

Amongst the treasures of archeology found in Sicily, one can find Agrigento.

The Valley of Temples lies in a vast territory, which stretches over 1300 hectares that preserve the sanctity of the same outline that was mapped out centuries ago.

The solemn grandeur of its archaeological heritage has made the Valley one of the biggest archaeological parks in the world and an important tourist destination in Sicily.

The area where the park lies seems like Arcadia, with the smell of almond trees and valuable crops, the park is testimony to the fact that great civilization existed in the Sicilian countryside of the past. The park boasts the remains of ten Doric Temples, sanctuaries, hydraulic infrastructures, fortifications, and a portion of a Hellenistic-Roman neighborhood. The excellence and uniqueness that this archaeological and naturalistic park encompasses is so crucially important that it has been recognized on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

The fascination and charm of the Valley of the Temples is unique, but not isolated.

You can find the same fascination in man other areas of Sicily, like Selinunte, Segesta and so on, where ancient populations have left their mark. Agrigento, in short, is the first step in a superb, perfect itinerary.

 

 

 

 

Selinunte.          

 

 

The remains of the ancient Greek city of Selinunte lie a few meters from the sea, stretching along a narrow coastline under a sunny landscape. The archaeological park covers more than 40 hectares and focuses on two areas: the acropolis near the sea and a sacred area at the top of a hill, which consist of distinct shrines, Doric temples and alters.

In a typical Sicilian landscape, where the hills, the sea, sands and sun are all in unison, the park (one of the widest in Europe) is perfectly integrated, and represents the perfect alignment between the work of man and nature.

 

 

 

Siracusa.           

 

The archaeological park in Syracuse tells the story of a great city of the past, a city that conquered Sicily and defeated the Athenians. This “story” is vitalized every year by staging the Greek tragedies and comedies in the Teatro Greco of Siracusa.

The important remains of this city, both those inside and those preserved within the park and surrounding area, have been recognized by UNESCO and placed on the World Heritage List.

There are so many remarkable remains in this area, an innumerable amount of footprints demonstrating tangible and fascinating charm of a civilization that helped to establish the history of Sicily.

 

 

 

 

Solunto.           

 

The complex and fascinating archaeological area of Solunto lies at the top of Catalfano Mountain, dominating the valley stretching out below, with the Tyrrhenian sea on the horizon, encompassing a stunning complex and unique charm.

In the middle of the Conca d’Oro and immediately next to Palermo, the landscape is breathtaking, surrounded by the coast and the sea, full of fragrant orange blossoms and brilliant crops. These descriptions validate Solunto, a Hellenistic Roman city that retains its Phoenician imprints.

On top of the hill, above the villages of Bagheria, Santa Flavia and Porticello, lies a residential, urban city, (consisting of both religious and public areas) and elements of Hellenistic, Roman and Punic architecture tell the story of this historic place.

Just steps from Palermo, Sollunto is a unique site that has extraordinary archaeological and scientific value, difficult to match.

 

Segesta           

 

 

Segesta, another marvel. It lies at the top of a hill and offers important archaeological heritage that has attracted many scientists and visitors from all over the world, Goethe included. The most important remains are really monumental: a strong, giant Doric temple based on a hill as well as a beautiful Greek theatre. The recent excavations have also found important signs of muslim installations. Sicily, with its cultural crossroads, shows her precious treasures thanks to Segesta

 

 

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