A few kilometers from Sambuca, on the southern slope of western Sicily, there are imposing archaeological remains of great historical interest.
The excavations undertaken since 1968 have brought to light part of the city, the Greek necropolis, the city walls and parts of the places of the first settlement. From the main entrance it is easy to get to the necropolis, dating from the sixth century BC, among which the great Tomb of the Queen stands out.
In the highest part, was the acropolis of the city, defended by strong walls. The particular that immediately jumps to the eye, is the construction of homes for elevated zones. And this, in addition to the remains of private houses and places of public life, and finally a sanctuary of probable Carthaginian period.
The isolation of the site, the peace and beauty of the scenery, make the glimpse on this piece of Sicilian history even more appreciable and fascinating.
Inhabited by people of Sicily in prehistoric times of which traces of dwellings were founded, the summit of Mount Adranone was chosen by settlers from Selinunte as an ideal place of settlement becoming a strategic military outpost, Adranon.
Settled here around the sixth century, the Greek settlers were invaded by the Carthaginians that changed the urban layout of the city, which then was rebuilt according to the principles of North Africa. Adranon was finally destroyed by the Romans in 250 BC and never built again.
Because of its isolation from other centers, Adranon houses numerous remains of ancient constructions, with particular ways of building reminiscent in part of the Mayan models in America. For the lack of studies, there are no in-depth reports on the site that retains an aura of mystery.