One of the best places on the planet to see pristinely preserved ancient Greek ruins is Sicily. The island is dotted with Greek ruins — some of which are integrated into the modern-day cities while there are others you will find in isolated locations, off the beaten path. Let’s take a look at some of the top stunning Greek ruins you will find in Sicily!
The Ancient Greek Theater of Taormina
With the beautiful Mediterranean sea lapping at the shores and the active volcano of Etna looming over this city, Taormina is an upscale destination, with cultural events, museums and antiquity — right in the middle of the bustling city!
In Taormina you will find the ancient Greek theater with stunning views of both the volcano and the sea. When you’re there you might be lucky enough to see a show at this outdoor theater. It was originally built 3rd century BC and was then mostly rebuilt by the Romans in the 2nd century BC.
Agrigento’s Valle dei Templi
Many of these temples and ruins are not fenced off, so you can go right up to them, walk inside and be transported to the 5th century BC when the Greeks first built the ancient city of Akragas. One of the best preserved Greek temples in the world resides here in the valley — the Temple of Concord.
Segesta Archaeological Site
Segesta is located only 70 kilometers southwest from Palermo and here you will find maybe the second-best preserved temple in the world (after Valle dei Templi), with a beautiful amphitheater situated atop of Mount Barbaro which is also in pristine condition.
The temple dates back to the 5th century, sporting typical Doric architecture. Each summer the ancient amphitheater hosts a series of classical Greek drama performed in Italian, so if you’re lucky enough to visit during the summertime be sure to catch a show!
Siracusa’s Ancient Greek Colony
A favorite for all is the ancient ruins at Siracusa (Syracuse) where the ancient colony dates back to 5th century BC and boasts everything from a Greek theater, the Temple of Apollo (dating back to 6th century) as well as the ruins of the famous Altar of Hieron II — the largest altar from ancient Greece!
Located on the southeastern coast of the island and founded by Ancient Greek Corinthians, the city of Siracusa was once one of the most powerful city-states in ancient times. It was once described by Cicero as “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all.” Nowadays, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.