Taormina is a small city on the eastern shoreline of Sicily. It is known for its great beaches, delicious food, churches, and the famous Greek Amphitheater or 'Teatro Greco'.
This ancient Greek theater was built in the third century BC. It is made mostly of brick which makes historians think that is was built during the Roman times but in the style of the Greeks. Some think that the theater was just rebuilt by the Romans on top of an older Greek theater underneath.
It is the second largest theater of its kind with a diameter of 120 meters (390 ft). The only one larger is a few hundred kilometers south of Taormina in Siracusa. The greater part of the original seats are no longer there, but newer seats have been put in to make the theater useable. The theater is thought to have been able to seat 5,400 spectators in its prime.
Live performances are put on at the theater each year. Some of these events include The Taormina Film Festival, the International Plectrum Orchestra Festival, the opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, and the list goes on.
From the theater, you can see the bay in front of Giardini Naxos which has wonderful beaches and is always full of boats. You can also see the volcano, Mount Etna. One can explore above and behind the theater where you can get an amazing panorama of the shoreline going north along eastern Sicily. On a clear day, you can even see the mainland, Calabria.
There is a small entrance fee to just explore the theater but it is well worth the price! Make Taormina a stop on your trip to Sicily!
To read about other places in Sicily, check out my article:
5 Breathtaking Places on Sicily's Eastern Coastline
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