The most famous building in Taormina
The Greek Theatre is undoubtedly the most famous building in Taormina and probably one of the best known in whole Sicily. It was probably built in the third Century BC by Hiero II of Syracuse and was completely renewed and expanded during the Roman period. Although it still bears the name Greek Theatre, since the Roman conversion it is a specifically Roman theatre with all the important features such as the semicircular cavea, the raised stage and the richly varied stage house, whose rows of seats finish with the wall and therefore form a closed room. The Romans replaced the Greek tragedies and comedies by bloody gladiatorial spectacles in the late imperial period.
The breathtaking scenery with Mount Etna as a backdrop is very impressive and was praised by Goethe. The most beautiful time to visit the theatre is in the morning when the air is still clear or in the evening when the beautifully illuminated theatre offers plenty of romance and allure. There are also plenty of opportunities to attend various shows and concerts in the summer months.