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Sicily Walking Tours: City Tours

Segesta for Tour and Visit to Erice


Discovering Segesta: A Testament to Ancient Sicily

A tour of Segesta and a visit to Erice with Your Own Italy melds the mystique of ancient civilizations with the serene beauty of medieval towns. This journey through time begins in Segesta, an archaeological site that bears witness to the complex tapestry of cultures in Sicily, including the Elymians, Greeks, and Romans. The adventure continues in Erice, a hilltop town that seems suspended between the sky and sea, offering panoramic views, ancient streets, and a rich history that dates back to the Phoenicians.

Discovering Segesta: A Testament to Ancient Sicily

The Doric Temple of Segesta
Your exploration starts at the Doric Temple of Segesta, an imposing and remarkably well-preserved structure that stands alone in a rural valley. This temple, dating back to the late 5th century BC, was never completed, but its majestic columns rise dramatically against the landscape, offering a glimpse into the religious life of the ancient city.

The Ancient Theater of Segesta
Perched on the slopes of Mount Barbaro, the ancient theater of Segesta offers breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside and towards the Gulf of Castellammare. Built in the 3rd century BC, the theater showcases the architectural ingenuity of the Greeks and serves as a venue for performances during the summer months, continuing its ancient legacy.

Venturing to Erice: A Medieval Gem

Medieval Streets and Panoramic Views
Ascending to the medieval town of Erice, you’ll find yourself winding through cobblestone streets and past stone houses that evoke a bygone era. The town, encircled by ancient walls, offers stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Egadi Islands, making it a photographer’s paradise.

Castello di Venere and the Gardens of Balio
Visit the Castello di Venere, a Norman castle built on the site of a former Temple of Venus, which the Romans believed was founded by Aeneas. The adjacent Gardens of Balio offer a peaceful retreat, with manicured lawns, medieval towers, and sweeping vistas of the sea and countryside below.

Erice’s Culinary Delights
No visit to Erice is complete without sampling its culinary specialties. The town is renowned for its almond pastries and marzipan, often shaped into fruits and other figures. Stop by a local pasticceria to taste these sweet treats, perhaps accompanied by a cup of Sicilian coffee.

Your Own Italy: Crafting Unforgettable Sicilian Journeys
With Your Own Italy, your tour of Segesta and visit to Erice are more than just sightseeing—they’re immersive experiences that connect you with the deep history and breathtaking beauty of Sicily. Tailored to your interests, whether you’re drawn to the mysteries of ancient ruins, the charm of medieval towns, or the delights of Sicilian cuisine, we ensure your journey is as enriching as it is memorable.

Embark on Your Sicilian Adventure
Are you ready to explore the ancient wonders of Segesta and the medieval beauty of Erice? Contact Your Own Italy to plan your personalized tour. Discover the rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture of Sicily on a journey that will captivate your heart and imagination.

What's Included

Embark on a captivating journey from your accommodations to the ancient ruins of Segesta, where a 2-hour guided tour awaits to unveil the mysteries of a bygone era. This archaeological treasure, nestled in the Sicilian countryside, is home to one of the world’s best-preserved Greek temples, offering a glimpse into the past that is as educational as it is awe-inspiring. The amphitheater, another highlight of the site, provides insight into the cultural life of the ancient city.

Experience Highlights:

Personalized Transport: Your private driver ensures a comfortable journey from your accommodations directly to the heart of Segesta.
Guided Tour of Segesta: Explore the archaeological wonders of Segesta, including its magnificent Greek temple and amphitheater, with an expert guide to illuminate their historical significance.
Visit to Erice: After Segesta, venture to the medieval city of Erice for a self-guided exploration. Wander through its narrow streets, marvel at the turreted castles, and discover local crafts and panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Lunch in Erice: Enjoy a meal at a selected restaurant in Erice (cost not included), where the culinary delights complement the medieval ambiance.
Return to Trapani: Conclude your day with a relaxing drive to your accommodations in Trapani, reflecting on the day’s discoveries.

This tour offers a unique blend of ancient history and medieval charm, set against the backdrop of Sicily’s stunning landscapes. From the architectural marvels of Segesta to the atmospheric streets of Erice, each step of this journey invites discovery and wonder.


Tips for Your Segesta and Erice Tour

Comfortable Footwear: Be prepared for walking on uneven terrain in Segesta and cobblestone streets in Erice.
Layered Clothing: The weather in Erice can be cooler and windier than at lower elevations, so bring an extra layer.
Sun Protection: Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are essential, especially in the open areas of Segesta.
Camera: The stunning landscapes and ancient architecture provide ample photo opportunities.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.