The Slow Pace of Selinunte, Sicily

Some places feed our wanderlust more than they satisfy it. We recognize this on our first day in a location—in the back of our mind, we are already planning to return, to savor more, and to uncover whatever hidden corner we might have missed our first time around.

Selinunte was an ancient Greek city, now the territory of Castelvetrano in the province of Trapani, on the very south-west coast of the ancient trinacria.

The word Selinunte derives from ancient Greek, meaning “wild parsley,” (which is actually a type of celery). Apparently the plant grew abundant along the shores of the river Selinos, today Modione, and hardly worth the title of river anymore – maybe a creek at the most. But we know that ancient coins retrieved in this area were minted with the representation of a large leaf of celery. So there you have it.

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