Si Trova: nei pressi della foce del Tellaro
Lat: 36° 50' 30.93374" N - Long: 15° 6' 23.61811" E
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The archaeological site of ancient Eloro is located on a hill overlooking the Ionian sea, at the mouth of the Tellaro river.
It was founded by Corinthian colonists of Syracuse in the 8th century BC, along the road from Syracuse to Kamarina and Gela, called "via Elorina".
It belonged to Syracuse and was later conquered by the Romans.
The town was flourishing even in the Byzantine era, but was almost completely destroyed with the arrival of the Arabs.
It was surrounded by walls, and was crossed by a main road that ran north-south; from this secondary roads were articulated.
To the south-east, a medieval tower ("Torre Stampace") of 1353 rests on the remains of a fortress mentioned by Pliny the Elder in the 1st century AD.
The most important sanctuary was located outside the walls and had several rooms.
Only the cisterns remain visible in the agora.
A sanctuary dedicated to the god Asclepius of the 4th century BC, consisted of a courtyard surrounded by arcades; nearby stood a small temple-shaped building in antis, intended to house votive offerings and dated to the second half of the fourth century.
To the south, on the slopes of the hill, there is a Greek theater, partly excavated in the rock and partly built, dating back to the end of the 4th - beginning of the 3rd century BC To the northwest was the Colonna Pizzuta, a funerary monument, consisting of a colossal column in limestone rock; Nearby is a hypogeum carved into the rock.
Four necropolises were located on the rocky terrace to the north of the town.
The site has unfortunately been closed to the public for several years; some remains are visible even on the neighboring beach.
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A castle to defend a tuna
Castello di Solanto
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