Ruins of the Ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, Sicily with the double smoke tail of the Etna extending over the the Giardini-Naxos bay of the Ionian Sea in the morning sun shine.
Ruins of the Ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, Sicily with the double smoke tail of the Etna extending over the the Giardini-Naxos bay of the Ionian Sea in the morning sun shine.

Greek Amphitheatre

With spectacular views and thousands of years worth of history, Taormina’s Greek Amphitheatre is one of Sicily’s must-visit attractions. Built in the 3rd century BC, this architectural wonder is one of the largest remaining in Italy, with a spectatorship during ancient times of up to 5,000. Like many such theatres, Taormina’s saw transformation under Roman rule, changing from a classical Greek-style theatre to a more sophisticated Roman equivalent. 

During these times, the theatre was used to stage gladiatorial fights rather than the meetings and plays of the earlier Greek period. The immense structure sadly fell into disrepair centuries later, but has now been reopened and showcases rock and classical music performances, as well as hosting the famous Taormina Film Festival. The mesmerising ocean backdrop makes this one of the most impressive stages in all of Italy.


Opening hours: The theatre is open daily from 9am – 7pm, although closes to tourists early on show days. Events are generally scheduled between June and August and generally require pre-booking. 

Price: Prices for shows vary. Standard entry is at a cost of approximately €13.50 per person.

*Prices and opening hours may be subject to change.

Recommended on these multi centres

13 day suggested trip

Rome, Sorrento and Sicily

From £1835 per person
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  • Get hands-on and learn how to make traditional Italian pizza and pasta
  • Rewarding scenic views on the comfortable train journeys
  • Tuck into a picnic in the park at the beautiful Borghese Gardens
  • Venture south on a twelve night trip towards Sicily

8 day suggested trip

Syracuse and Taormina

From £1189 per person
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  • Chance to walk the maze of ancient streets in enchanting Ortigia
  • Driving lets you explore at your own pace
  • Step back in time with a visit to Taormina’s Greek Amphitheatre

8 day suggested trip

Taormina and Vulcano

From £1675 per person
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  • Discover the Aeolian Islands by water taxi
  • See the panoramic views of Mount Etna from the comfortable cable car
  • Take a dip in the relaxing Mud Baths
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