The Greek theatre of Taormina is one of Sicily’s historical and cultural treasures. It was carved into a hillside and overlooks the beautiful coast of the Ionian Sea.
The theatre dates back to the 3rd century B.C. and it is a perfect example of Greek architecture, with its semicircular stage, tiered seats carved into the rock and the orchestra built in accordance with ancient Greek traditions.
With a capacity of over 5,000 spectators and a diameter of no less than 110 metres, the theatre was an important place of entertainment for the ancient Greeks and Romans, with performances of theatre, music and dance. Over the centuries, many alterations have been made to the theatre and today, thanks to its superb acoustics, hosts numerous performances, such as the International Festival of Music and Art that takes place during summer.
Finally, the theatre is an important tourist destination and one of the symbols of Taormina city. It is well worth a visit both for the beauty of the place and for its historical and cultural importance. The extraordinary scenic position of the promontory with a view of the Bay of Schisò and Mount Etna is a unique and suggestive experience.