It owes its name to celery, a vegetable that grows abundantly in the ancient city and whose leaves surmount a panther's head on the local currency of the sixth century BCE, which were among the first forged in Sicily.
This is Selinunte! In ancient times, rich and populous, today it's included in the largest archaeological park in Europe (take a look at our tour) that covers 270 hectares, with the acropolis, the necropolis and the three hills.
The temples included in this vast area are among the most significant examples of Doric architecture, marked by simplicity, first-rate proportions and stunning metopes, where classic scenes are carved, like the famous depiction of Perseus slaying Medusa.
One symbol that is equally known from the Selinuntine civilization is the bronze Ephebus, kept in the Castelvetrano Civic Museum. Not to be outdone is the urban layout and the votive and funerary artistic legacy.
There are unmissable seaside resorts in the area, like the Foce del Belice Nature Reserve where you can meet the turtle Caretta Caretta and “L’incanto del pesce”, a traditional auction held at seven in the morning, where fishermen in via Scalo di Bruca, near the port, sell what the sea offered up the night before.
Find out more about our tour, From Segesta to Selinunte!