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Enjoy views of Taormina and Mount Etna from the ancient Ancient Theatre of Taormina, an open-air theater dating back to the third century. The theater once featured nine seating sections that could hold up to 10,000 spectators. Most of the original seats have disappeared over the centuries, but the wall surrounding the rows of seats has survived. The proscenium and its back wall are exceptionally well-preserved. Remaining fragments of architectural decorations help reveal the theater's Corinthian architecture. When the site was an amphitheater, it hosted battles between gladiators and wild beasts. In the medieval ages, the site served as a palatial residence. It now is home to cultural events and musical performances. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ancient Theatre of Taormina by using our Taormina tour planning tool.
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Wonderful ancient site that provides great views of Mount Aetna and surrounding countryside. It has no shade so a hat, sunscreen and water are a must for climbing around the site. The theater itself.... more
Wonderful ancient site that provides great views of Mount Aetna and surrounding countryside. It has no shade so a hat, sunscreen and water are a must for climbing around the site. The theater itself.... more »
Fantastic site especially for us, an ancient Greek scholar and a theater directors. Amazing to imagine not being distracted by the upstage view of Mt. Etna chugging away to watch a play.
Fantastic site especially for us, an ancient Greek scholar and a theater directors. Amazing to imagine not being distracted by the upstage view of Mt. Etna chugging away to watch a play. more »
Probably one of the most breathtaking amphitheaters in the whole world. The view of the Sicilian coast is gorgeous beyond belief and the charm of the ancient Greco-Roman amphitheater is inspiring and nostalgic. What a fantastic place to enjoy a modern-day performance if given the opportunity. Give yourself time to walk up the hill to the top, and make sure to walk all around the area, there are steps around the back as well as in the theater itself. Remnants of history are literally everywhere, beckoning you to imagine the grandeur of the past performances enjoyed by first the Greeks, and then the Romans. It's no wonder the theater has been used by 2 great empires and is still in use today, the location being so perfect and special.
Amazing, beautiful, just pure in awe when we visited here today. The architecture and the way the structure has stood the test of roughly 2300 yrs is just mind boggling!! Amazing views of the ocean and Taormina landscapes!! Highly recommended if your even slightly into history!! I couldn't stop saying "Wow, this is beautiful, this is amazing!! I'm from the USA and you can literally barely find anything architecturally stunning like this in the States!! 🤘👍👍👍
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