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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Dima Uzilevsky (13 months ago)
Lovely place! Want to visit it again for a concert!
Mohammed Ikram (13 months ago)
The theater of Segesta is a Greek theater of the ancient city of Segesta located in the archaeological area of Calatafimi Segesta , an Italian town in the province of Trapani in Sicily .
Michele Bandecchi (14 months ago)
Truly majestic site - seldomly seen a temple in such a state of preservation and in such a stunning location. There is a great bus service that goes from the ticket office to the theatre and Acropolis - please don't be cheap and save a euro and half - this bus ticket is worth it weight in gold. We visited the site in the middle of August with 38°C!
Maurice Derden (14 months ago)
Really nice to see a really authentic Greek Teatro
July Molina (15 months ago)
Nice historical landmark. Also pet friendly!
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