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Sito archeologico di Tindari (Patti, Me)
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Tindari
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Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

Tindari may not compare with the theatres in Siracusa or Taormina but its remote clifftop location is stunning and worth visiting in late afternoon for panoramic views of north coast and mountain ranges of Sicily.

Thank Mambler73
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Reviewed May 12, 2017

Easy enough to find. We took the Patti exit from the motorway and got a return bus ride to the site. This was one of the last Greek colonies founded in Sicily in the early C4th bce. It was later a major Christian ecclesiastical site. The christian basilica survives to ca 8m high in places, although the apse has gone. The real highlight is the completely excavated Roman insula. The domestic bath complex is excellent, with superb mosaics in all rooms, heating ducts and pipes, plastered reception rooms with mosaic floors but not as well preserved, and a peristyle courtyard house. One outstanding feature of the excavation, and one I've only ever seen at Nysa in Turkey, is that the restored work is separated from the original stonework by a line of broken red pottery. This is subtle, but it is clear what is restored and what original, without having a major conrtast between the two. Top marks! Note also the north end of the cardus is severely buckled by earthquakes.

1  Thank Rod F
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Reviewed November 30, 2016

Besides it's incredible ocean views, this archeological site is the place to go for people who always like to learn about times before us... it's full of interesting information and trasures found from the ancient Tindari times.

Thank Cristy M
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Reviewed August 27, 2016

Most visitors to Tindari come to view the shrine to the Black Madonna. But, gentle reader, there is more.... Not terribly well signposted (take the left corner out of the square opposite the steps to the shrine past the souvenir shops) and no more than 300 metres from the crowds you come to the Archeological site. It is a peaceful and intimate place with glorious views over the deep blue of the Golfo do Patti. There is a small Greek theatre, and a later Roman settlement. It is all presented in a very low key way. You look under the tin roofs over some of the Roman ruins to find very well preserved mosaics of sea creatures and the Trinacria (the Sicilian three legged symbol) in the communal baths. It's so quiet here you feel almost as if you have discovered the site yourself. It is not on the grand scale of other sites on this wonderful island, but you can imagine people living their daily lives here high above the bay below over 2000 years ago.

3  Thank SummeryDave
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Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Whenever I visit tindari, I spend the day there. Have something to eat and relax and enjoy the day. Walk around the ruins and explore.

Definitely worth a visit.

2  Thank rojo306
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