At Selinunte, our second stop on the grand tour of Western Sicily’s Greek temples, we did a lot of walking. There were five or six temples worth visiting and only minimal scaffolding to betray any efforts toward their preservation. Otherwise visitors could freely walk around the temple floors and climb the columns labeled by archeologists for later reassembly. It’s a peaceful park, even in the blazing heat of early September, and seems oddly less visited than some of the other Greek heritage sites in the area. Most importantly, the souvenir hawkers are relegated to the parking lots outside the grounds. It’s easy to imagine yourself being the first person to discover it since its destruction around 250 BC.

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