Departure City: PALERMO
Meeting Point: YOUR DRIVER WILL MEET YOU IN THE HOTEL LOBBY
Duration: APPROX 8 HRS
Private - Private - Erice & Segesta - Excursion from Palermo
Driving to the western part of Sicily from Palermo, the first stop will be at the magnificent Temple of Segesta. It was built by the Elimian, an old population whose origins maybe are Turkish but were later colonized by the Greeks to become one of the most important Greek colonies in the west side of Sicily. It is the first Greek Temple built in Doric style. The Temple has 36 columns, still intact despite the several earthquakes which effected this area in the history. Also visit the theater, which is a typical example of the Greek semicircular theater style.
Then move on to the medieval town of Erice, situated 2600 ft above the sea level and surrounded by ancient Elimi and Phoenician walls on the northeastern side of the city. Two castles make for a spectacular skyline to this town, Pepoli Castle, with foundations dating from Saracen times, and Venus Castle, dating from the Norman era but built on ruins of the ancient Temple of Venus. The view from the castle towers is breathtaking.
Also, you may visit the Cathedral built in the 1300 in Gothic Catalan style with mirable decorations where you can see the picture of the famous black Virgin venerated in the area. Don't forget to taste the famous almond pastries made by the famous shop "Maria Grammatico".