Lat: 38° 5' 30.86602" N - Long: 13° 31' 55.32297" E
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Walking through the ancient streets of Solunto it almost seems to see the ancient inhabitants intent on the various activities of the day: who goes to the theater, who is intent on shopping, who admires with satisfaction the new fresco adorning one of the walls of his villa.
And maybe you imagine the effort, identical to your, which even then these characters had to do climbing up between the "insulae", effort is always rewarded by the magnificent panorama that can be enjoyed from all over the ancient town.
The remains that can be seen today are related to the Hellenistic-Roman age, and they have succeeded to a first Phoenician or Sicilian settlement named Kfr risen near the sea and dating back at least to the VII century BC, and which is still covered by modern buildings under the present Solanto.
Cicero, who visited Solunto, tells of a town that was is comfort and luxury; the houses were usually multi-storey and there were still many cisterns for collecting water.
Some very narrow streets between one house and another were used as outlets for the outflow of rainwater and household waste.
To admire above all the terracotta flooring of the main street, the mosaic floors and the decorations of some houses walls.
To visit with particular attention: the thermal baths, the gymnasium which was actually a luxurious multi-storey Roman house, the "Casa di Leda", the "Casa di Arpocrate", the various shops with "sales counters" consisting of trays of stone, the "House of the Masks", the Agora, accompanied by a public cistern, the Theater and a Roman villa just beyond the theater.
We also mention a curious Punic element consisting of the "Altar with three Betili", in which below are the channeling towards the tank for collecting the blood of sacrificed animals.
In the antiquarium, interesting finds from the area are exhibited.
Other finds from Solunto can be found in the archaeological museum of Palermo.
Opening times: Weekdays 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Public holidays 9:00 - 13:30 (last entry at 1pm).
For info: 3387845140.
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