Lat: 37° 51' 9.543915" N - Long: 15° 17' 33.36946" E
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The Ancient Theater of Taormina is the second bigger of the classic theaters of Sicily, after the Syracuse one.
Built by the greeks in the 3rd century BC, this theater was radically rebuilt in roman times.
It is carved into the rock and the scene has the background of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna: a view that has been defined as the panorama par excellence.
The cavea is divided into nine sections by eight stairs that allow access for spectators, and is surrounded in the upper part by a double arched gallery supported on the outside by simple pillars and inside by marble columns.
Above the vaults of the two semicircular porticoes there were two semicircular terraces with wooden seats.
The steps of the staircase were made, as always in the greek theaters, from the rock.
The background of the scene, from roman times and partially open to the center, is bordered by a wall in the background of which some marble columns are laid.
While in the greek era was used as a theater for the representation of tragedy, in roman times it was used as a show of gladiators.
Even today, the theater is used to keep you different representations that attract a lot of public, wich comes also to watch the famous panorama, one of a kind.
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