Travel back in time to the days of Aristotle and Alexander the Great with a visit to Segesta. Tucked among Sicily's mountains in a cushiony-green valley, this abandoned city is a throwback to a time when Zeus and his mythical friends ruled the roost. And while it was founded by the Elimi - some of the island's native people - it was the Greeks that finished it off and made it the most important town in Western Sicily. Today, with its magnificent Doric temple taking pride of place in the centre of the valley, it's one of the best-preserved Greek archaeological sites in the world. Speaking of temples, this one's made of marble, supported by 36 Doric columns and it's stood in this spot since the 5th century BC - hard to believe it was constructed before the days of power drills and stone cutters. While you're here, you'll also pay a visit to the amphitheatre that curves around the slopes of Mount Barbarian. Built during the Hellenistic age and restored by the Romans, it's still used today. Every summer people crowd into its 20 tiers of seats to watch Greek tragedies played out in Italian. And even if you don't come here for the history, it's worth a visit for the views alone. Cue a widescreen panorama of mountains, rolling valleys and an ancient city left ruined by the tides of time.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.