Perched in a dramatic hilltop location, the archeological site of Segesta is one of the most fascinating in Sicily, home to some well-preserved ancient ruins. Founded by the indigenous Elymian people, Segesta was later ruled by both the Greeks and the Romans, before being abandoned in the 13th century.
Today the star attractions include a Doric temple, dating back to the 5th century BC and in remarkable condition, despite never being completed, with its 36 Doric columns still standing. Close by, the grand open-air amphitheatre sits atop Mount Barbaro and offers magnificent views over the surrounding valleys, as well as hosting concerts during the summer months.
Segesta is located around 75km southwest of Palermo in Sicily and is open daily from 9am –7pm (summer) or 5pm (winter). Adult admission at the time of writing is €10.