The city of Selinunte was founded by settlers of the nearby Greek colony Megara Hyblaea in the second half of the seventh century BC. It first allied itself with Carthage and then with Syracuse. After two centuries of prosperity, it was destroyed by Segesta (an ally of the Carthaginians).
After being rebuilt, it was razed to the ground once and for all by the Romans after the first Punic War between Rome and Carthage.
The archaeological site is among the largest in the world and stretches from the hills to the sea, covering an area of about 10 kilometres.
Tours of the site include the ruins of the Eastern temples, the acropolis, the two necropolises and the Sanctuary of the Malaphoros as well as the many towers and fortifications that formed the linchpin of Selinunte’s entire defensive system.
Of particular interest is the acropolis that houses temple G dedicated to Apollo, temple C dedicated to Aphrodite, temple B and buildings A and O dedicated to Castor and Pollux, and temple F.
Also extremely noteworthy is the Sanctuary of Demeter Malophoros, a destination for pilgrims over the centuries.