Selinunte, a renowned global archaeological site covering 270 hectares, emerges as one of the main historical basins. Founded in the 7th century by the settlers of Megara Hiblea, this city has been an epicenter of interaction between Greek and Phoenician-Punic cultures for over three centuries. However, in 409 BC, the Carthaginians, allies of the Segestans, besieged and defeated Selinus, destroying even the sumptuous temples, unique in Sicily with sculptural decorations.
The city fell into oblivion, welcoming Byzantine communities and Muslim tribes during the later ages. The archaeological area is divided into two main sections: the suggestive Oriental Temples and the Acropolis overlooking the sea. Here, the ruins of the walls, the civil houses and the Sanctuary of Maloforos, dedicated to the Goddess of Pomegranate, tell the story of the ancient greatness.
An interesting aspect are the Cusa Quarries, although not belonging to the official area. These sites, from which the Selinuntines extracted materials, are remarkable for their natural beauty. Silver olive trees surround abandoned columns for over 2000 years, creating a breathtaking scenery. The fusion of history and nature makes Selinunte an unmissable attraction for lovers of archeology and scenic beauty. Plan your visit to explore this unique testimony of cultural and historical interactions.