SHORE EXCURSION: ERICE & SEGESTA SICILY TOUR: 8 Hours
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Erice & Segesta Private Tours from Port of Palermo or Palermo City Center
Besides the amazing ruins of Segesta and the charming town of Erice, you will be able to stop at the most famous bakery in Sicily, Paticceria Maria Grammatico.
Private Tour of Erice and Segesta Includes: Private “driving guide”, private transportation to and from Palermo, taxes, tolls and parking.
Note: Entrance tickets not included.
Your first stop on this shore excursion from the port of Palermo is the magnificent Temple of Segesta, the first Doric-style Greek Temple, set among gently sloping hills of yellow-ochre and brown. The temple was built by the Elimians, one of the most important Greek colonies in Western Sicily. The temple’s 36 columns are still intact despite several major earthquakes. You will also visit a typical Greek semi-circular-style theatre, set on the rocky slope. Its seats face west towards the hills, beyond which you can catch a glimpse of the Bay of Castellammare.
Your private tour will then take you to the medieval town of Erice, situated nearly 3,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by ancient Elimi and Phoenician walls. In antiquity, Erice was famous for its temple where the Phoenicians worshipped Astarte, the Greeks venerated Aphrodite and the Romans celebrated Venus, respectively. Mount Eryx served as a point of reference for sailors, who adopted Venus as their protector.
Erice’s hilltop twin castles of Pepoli, with foundations dating from both the Saracen and Norman eras, give the town a spectacular skyline. Both castles have been modified over the centuries, yet they retain their distinctively medieval character. You will enjoy a breathtaking view from the castle towers.
You will also visit a 14th-century Gothic Catalan-style cathedral featuring the famous depiction of the black Virgin Mary. You will wrap up the day strolling along the town’s charming old stone streets, stopping to taste the almond marzipan cakes at a famous pastry shop by Maria Grammatico.
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