Model of the Site of Selinunte
Selinunte is an ancient archeological site on the southwest coast of Sicily containing a number of Greek temples centered on an acropolis dating to ~ 650 BC. It's origins are not precisely knows, but it is mentioned in the writings of Thucydides. It was the western most colony of Greece, and as such, brought it in contact and conflict with the Carthaginians. It was eventually destroyed by the Carthaginians ~ 250 BC and the inhabitants were relocated to Lilybaeum (known today as Marsala). The Greeks and the Carthaginians were always fighting with each other and Selinunte seems to have been one of those places that had it's share of trouble as a result. Like all great cities in ancient times, it eventually met its demise. This is really an impressive site of Greek ruins to visit on the coast of Southern Sicily, and it is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek period in Italy.
Near the Entrance to Selinunte
Here is an interesting link to Selinunte Excavations by the New York University (University of Fine Arts) that I found well presented for further information: A Brief History of the Site of Selinunte
. I've visited the ruins many times between 1995 and 2005 during excursions in attending the School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy, and always find it a fascinating place to explore. On this occasion we visited the ruins as usual. There were a few options after that for the participants: continue swimming, visit some more ruins on the tour, or wander on your own. Regine and I discussed, and I suggested she see more ruins (as she had never visited), but I would choose the 'wander on your own' option. I preffered to take the opportunity to stroll about Castelvetrano
, nearby Marinara di Selinunte. It was an interesting walk by myself to see the seashore here from a different perspective and shoot a few photos in Castelvetrano. I did this, bought some postcards and arrived back at the designated area for departure on time. We were all delayed a bit in waiting for Rino (the diretotor of the School) with some Italian students in tow.