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Taormina Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco)
Taormina Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco)

Taormina Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco)

Teatro Greco, Taormina, Sicily

The Basics

The original structure of Taormina’s Greek Theater dates from the 3rd century BC—though it was renovated in brick by the Romans based on the Greek Corinthian design 500 years later—and could once seat over 5,000 spectators. The theater is the second-largest in Sicily (after the Greek Theater in Syracuse), and the stage’s original rear wall and wings are miraculously intact. The theater, which is still used as a venue for concerts and performances, has impeccable acoustics and memorable views.

Because of its archaeological and historical importance, it's best to visit the Greek Theater with a guide as part of a Taormina sightseeing tour. Many day trips and shore excursions to Taormina depart from Syracuse, Messina, or Catania. You can also combine a tour of Taormina and the Greek Theater with visits to the nearby town of Castelmola and the peak of Mount Etna.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Taormina

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Interesting tour
Janet_P, May 2022
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
Alfredo was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and shared interesting stories. I would recommend this tour
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Would do this again
Fred_S, Apr 2022
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
What a great tour! So much info about the taormina and the theater packed in a quick 2 hours. Our guide was amazing and even recommended some restaurants which were outstanding. Would highly recommend as a way to orient yourself in the city and quickly learn the history of the area
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Wonderful Experience
June_W, Aug 2019
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
We highly recommend this tour! We got lucky in that the four of us got the tour guide to ourselves and he was amazing. Lots of photo opportunities and our guide was a wealth of knowledge. Caution: there is a lot of walking on uneven surfaces and up hilly terrain (but all of Taormina is hills so we were prepared!) A wonderful experience.
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An inspiring and unique view of Taormina
Laura_I, Sep 2021
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
Our tour guide, Margaret, was both knowledgeable and personable. And very forgiving. We misunderstood our meeting place and yet she waited patiently for us to find our way to her and then extended the length of our tour to make up for the time we had lost. She showed us the special highlights of this magical city by focusing not only on the most popular tourist attractions, but also on those parts of town where the locals tend to hang out. Highly recommend this tour with someone like Margaret who will go above and beyond expectations.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Greek Theater is not accessible to wheelchairs.

  • On concert and performance nights in summer, the theater may close early.

  • A theater tour is particularly interesting for archaeology buffs.

  • The theater is outdoors, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen.

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How to Get There

The Greek Theater, located just outside the center of Taormina, is an easy walk from the town. Taormina is a popular day trip from the larger Sicilian towns of Messina, Syracuse, and Catania.

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When to Get There

The open-air theater can get uncomfortably hot under the Sicilian sun in summer, so plan to visit first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon. The Teatro Greco may close earlier than usual on days when performances are scheduled.

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Isola Bella, The Beautiful Island

One of Taormina’s other popular attractions is Isola Bella, a tiny rocky outcrop off the Lido Mazzaro beach that’s connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of sand. This picturesque point, which was gifted to Taormina in 1806 by the King of Sicily, is now a nature reserve.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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