Teatro Antico Taormina . . .

. . . and some of the views from it!

The theatre was built by the Greeks and then re-built by the Romans, on the side of a hill overlooking Giardini-Naxos and Mount Etna. Originally it could seat 5000 and the Romans used it for gladiator battles, today it is still in use. We had just missed a film festival and the throne in the photo was for the next production, Verdi’s Rigoletto.  I can imagine that it would be mind blowing in this setting. Apparently Plato conceived his theory of forms in the amphitheatre, and it does have a feel about it that somehow grabs at the belly.

Sicily is full of antiquities, but if you go, visit Taormina and the theatre that is part of its ancient heart.

13 thoughts on “Teatro Antico Taormina . . .

  1. Such a glorious setting – a daytime performance would be hard pressed to keep one’s attention! Did you test the acoustics, Gilly? I always wanted to go, R and I were on our way, but we got robbed and had to backtrack to Rome to get our money … 😦

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