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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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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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Wonderful Experience
juneywalk, 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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Our guide was knowledgeable and it...
Kenalyn C, Jun 2018
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
Our guide was knowledgeable and it was a pleasant tour. I liked the city even more when I learned some history and the guide shared information about local sites. It ran way over the 90 minutes, as she tried to tell us everything!
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A very well informed guide allowed...
Je.devoy, Sep 2017
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
A very well informed guide allowed us to absorb the atmosphere of beautiful Taormina with a gentle walk around the town and amphitheatre. We then moved onto the amazing gardens to watch the sun set over Mount Etna. A truly wonderful experience and good value at 12 Euro.
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I enjoyed the tour very much, but do...
geya, Feb 2017
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
I enjoyed the tour very much, but do not remember visiting the Greek theater, unless it was the tiny theater behind the church. When I made the booking I expected it to be the visit to the big Greek theater that has a view to Etna.
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The tour was very informative. Our...
cory B, Jul 2016
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
The tour was very informative. Our guide shared unique insights into Taormina and great suggestions for restaurants. Highly recommend!
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The guide was very good and her...
Mary Lou G, Jun 2016
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
The guide was very good and her knowledge of the town was excellent. The pace allowed time in each area to soak up the history and ambiance. A perfect way to get oriented to this lovely area.
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This is worth doing to get the lay...
CQ, Aug 2016
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
This is worth doing to get the lay of the land, get valuable historical infor,st ion and get tips as yo out of the way great eating spots.
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The guide was very knowledgeable and...
Mr R P, Jun 2015
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
The guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was very interesting. I would recommend this tour.
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Martine was our tour guide. She was...
Maureen E, Sep 2015
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
Martine was our tour guide. She was excellent and extremely knowledgeable and patient. Would do another tour with her again.
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A small group of 2, we walked the...
Marguerite H, May 2015
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
A small group of 2, we walked the back streets of Taormina and discovered historic locales not usually found on one's own. Tour guide Margherita was charming. About 1 1/2 hours of colorful history and charming streets.
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Quite informative, but difficult to...
Nigel S, Sep 2015
Private Taormina Walking Tour & Greek Theatre
Quite informative, but difficult to hear what was being said at times as not easy to keep up with guide on busy shopping street.

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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