Segesta Greek Theatre

Calatafimi-Segesta, Italy

Built in the 3rd century BCE in the Hellenistic period but under Roman domination, the Segesta Greek Theatre comprises a perfect, vast semicircle 63 metres in diameter situated on a rocky slope: the steps face towards the hills behind which, to the right, the gulf of Castellammare can be discerned. Every year, in summer, the theatre comes to life and fills with spectators ready to enjoy, in a timeless moment, the tragedies and plays which fascinated ancient peoples.



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Founded: 3rd century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy


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Emma Thompson (8 months ago)
Very beautiful but extremely hot in the summer and there’s only one bus that takes you from the ticket area to the theatre and back so if it’s busy you’ll probably end up waiting for 15 minutes in the heat. There’s also a temple about 100m up a small hill from the ticket area that is amazing. They also have a small cafe with food, water, granite, and souvenirs. I recommend morning visits for Segesta.
Bessie Around the World (9 months ago)
Spectacular place for history buffs, despite the three Italians that managed to be louder than the three Umerrkinz. ?
Henrique Campos (10 months ago)
Well preserved, nice to walk up (need some 20min), worth visiting, great view.
Tricia Daw (10 months ago)
We got here before most of the coach parties. Parking is a bit odd. The actual place has no parking and suggest parking at the station and getting bussed up but 200m to the left is an enterprising farmer who let's you park on his land for 2 euro. We did the Temple first. Beautiful against the blue sky. We then chose to walk up to the amphitheatre. We're used to walking so it wasn't too arduous and at this time of year with all the wonderful wild flowers it was superb Great views
Uldis Pētersons (11 months ago)
Beautiful place! And coliseum ❤️
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