Top ancient and old settlements in Sicily – Sciacca, Tindari and Halaesa

Tindari, ©Daveness_98/Flickr

Tindari, ©Daveness_98/Flickr

The island of Sicily is very rich in historical and cultural heritage. The island is covered with ancient and old settlements which take you back to sometimes prehistoric and mythological times. Among the mentioned settlements we can name three major ones, specifically Sciacca, Halaesa and Tindari which are all old Sicanian settlements left from roman times.

Visit these amazing locations buzzing from history and mythical atmosphere. Learn more about the heritage sites and ancient settlements of Sicily founded and developed by the Greeks and Romans!

Messenger town of the Greek – Sciacca

The town of Sciacca is located towards the west from Agrigento and has several landmarks worth visiting, such as churches and monasteries. Near at hand you will find lovely beaches and thermal springs. During the ancient times Sciacca used to be an important messenger center for the Sicilian province and later it became an important port for Sicily from where locals exported grain to North Africa. During the Norman Conquest, in the 12th century several churches and monasteries were built. It is the time when the most significant landmark, the cathedral was built.

Sciacca, Castello incantato, ©megalibobois/Flickr

Sciacca, Castello incantato, ©megalibobois/Flickr

Warrior folks in Tindari

The ancient town of Tindari can be found overhead overlooking the coast of the Tyrrhenian-sea. Tindari was founded around 1500 BC, during the Bronze Age and then it was re-founded in 396 BC by the Syracusan Greeks. In 254 BC Tindari has become a Roman city and participated in the war against Octavian, as they supported the city of Pompei. Most parts of the city seen today we mainly built during the Roman period. After the Empire has fallen Christianity arrived and had its influence. It is the time when the Sanctuary of the Black Donna was built which is the main religious attractions of Tindari. Among other landmarks and sites worth visiting are the amphitheatre and the temple ruins. We also recommend you to visit the baths and the Antiquarium.

Tindari, ©Daveness_98/Flickr

Tindari, ©Daveness_98/Flickr

The ancient town of Halaesa

This ancient settlement is situated near Tusa, close to Palermo and Messina as well. The town was supposedly founded in 403 BC by Arconides. Halaesa used to be a very prosperous and wealthy town but since its leaders were corrupt soon enough it all fell apart. Not many remains are left of the settlement but it is definitely worth seeing and if you are in the area you might as well enjoy a lovely meal at one of the restaurants located in downtown.

Halaesa, ©Allie_Caulfield/Flickr

Halaesa, ©Allie_Caulfield/Flickr

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