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  • Explore the renowned Taormina, home to one of the most breathtaking amphitheaters of the ancient world, constructed in the 3rd century BC.
  • Tune into audio guides to leaf through the pages of the theatre's past at your own pace and learn all about this center stage for musicals and gladiator battles.
  • Admire the scenic beauty from its seats, offering views of the Bay of Naxos to the south and the Strait of Messina with the Calabrian coast to the north.
  • Observe fragments of painted plaster dating back to the 3rd-2nd century BC, originating from a building identified as a Gymnasium.
  • Marvel at Naumachia, a colossal Roman fountain with a striking red brick wall, over a hundred meters long and five meters high.


  • Entry to Ancient Theater of Taormina
  • Audio guide in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish


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  • Tip: Capture the best angles and lighting for photographs, especially during early morning or late afternoon when the sunlight is soft.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.
  • Please have sufficient charge in your smartphones.
  • On the first Sunday of the month admission to sites in Eastern Sicily is free of charge and tickets will only be issued on site, at the ticket offices. Tickets can only be used on the date/time chosen at the time of purchase. Admission will be free of charge also the 4th of November.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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The Ancient Theater of Taormina - Sicily’s second largest theater

Located on a Sicilian hillside, the ancient amphitheater of Taormina is a marvel of Greek and Roman architecture. Excavated from the solid rock of Mount Taurus in the 3rd century B.C., this scenic spot offers the best views of the Ionian Sea, and the famous Naumachia, a colossal fountain with a striking red brick wall that spans over a hundred meters. Immerse yourself in the rich history, gain access to insider tips, and experience the enchanting Sicilian dream.

Why visit the Ancient Theater of Taormina?

  • Strong historical connection: As a cultural hotspot, Taormina’s theater has hosted performances that vividly brought some of the most compelling Greek and Roman stories, myths and legends to life.
  • Epic views: Enjoy the beautiful sight of the Ionian Sea’s blue tones blending seamlessly with the grandeur of Mount Etna. 
  • Graeco-Roman influences: Originally built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BCE, it underwent significant renovations under Roman rule, becoming a venue for various performances and events.
  • Exceptional acoustics: Due to its design and construction on the natural slope, the theater creates exceptional natural acoustics. Actors' voices and sounds travel clearly throughout the seating area, even without amplification.
  • Architectural brilliance: The iconic amphitheater is an ancient architectural masterpiece in many ways: Corinthian columns, semicircular orchestra and the well-preserved design add to its allure.
  • Pop culture significance: In Woody Allen’s 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite, the Ancient Theatre of Taormina is a prominent backdrop. It also features in seasons 2 and 3 of the HBO show White Lotus.
  • Present-day arts and culture: Until recently, the Ancient Theatre of Taormina was the venue for hosting the prestigious David di Donatello award for cinema. Even today, it is the chosen venue for several art and culture shows. 
  • Taormina town: Visiting the amphitheater also provides a great opportunity to stroll down to Taormina town. Cobblestone streets, gelato shops, and stunning cafes await with the promise of the perfect Italian escape. 

What to see inside the Ancient Theater of Taormina


Adjacent to the theater lies the Antiquarium, a small museum dedicated to archeology. Within its walls, you’ll discover valuable artifacts, including a dedicated statue of Caius Claudius Marcellus and a finely carved oval marble sarcophagus.

The Naumachia

Built during the Roman era, the Naumachia or the naval battle, stands as an important monumental fountain. Its impressive design includes a red brick wall that spans over one hundred meters and stands at a height of five meters.

The Cavea (Seating Area)

The tiered seating area, known as the cavea, is perhaps the most iconic feature of the Ancient Theatre of Taormina. Carved into the natural rock of the hillside, the cavea offers spectacular views of the stage and the surrounding landscape.

The Scene (stage)

Although now a faint shadow of its former self, the scene is where the actors performed. However, it is now in ruins and many of its original columns are lost.

The Orchestra

This space was dedicated to the singers/musicians and performers during the Greek times. When the Romans took over, it was repurposed as the arena for gladiatorial combat.

Plan your visit to the Ancient Theater of Taormina


Daily: 9 AM to 4 PM

Last admission: 45 minutes before closing time.

Best time to visit: The ideal period to visit the Theater of Taormina is in the morning to avoid crowds. Taormina experiences a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. For those who prefer hot, sunny days, the optimal time to visit Taormina is from June to September.

Address: Via Teatro Greco, 1, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy

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Getting There

By car: Highway exit Taormina taking A18 (Catania-Messina) towards Taormina.

By bus: Taormina last stop.

By train: Taormina-Giardini Naxos Railway Station and then Taormina bus.

By plane: Airport Vincenzo Bellini of Catania - Fontanarossa.

  • Bookshop
  • Ticket Office
  • View Point
  • Cafe
  • Toilet Facilities
  • Pets are not allowed inside.
  • Flash photography is not permitted.
  • Avoid any behavior that can be considered disruptive.
  • No food and drinks are allowed inside the theater.
  • Backpacks are not allowed.

The Ancient Theatre of Taormina is partially wheelchair accessible.

  • Check your calendar: Make sure you’re in the know of what events and performances are happening in the theater. As a result of this, it could close early.
  • Dress appropriately: The ancient theater of Taormina is outdoors and there is a significant amount of walking, so make sure you wear light, loose clothes. Bring your hat, coolers, and sunscreen.
  • Visit at the sunset: It is advisable to visit two hours before sunset so you can catch the views of the city and everything around it.
  • On the first Sunday of the month, visitors get free entry to the Ancient Theatre of Taormina. This also means you can expect heavy crowds though!
  • The theater also offers free entry for EU members under the age of 18 years, Italian teachers and on your birthday.
  • Be sure to watch the brief 2-minute video being showcased at the venue for a glimpse into the theater's former grandeur.
  • Prepare for a slight incline on your way to the entrance; there's a brief uphill walk involved.

Semaforo Cafe

This is the only cafe within the theater. Explore the rich flavors and specialties of Sicily at Semaforo Cafe. Treat yourself to local wines, enticing cold cuts, and gourmet sandwiches. The cafe welcomes visitors daily, following the hours outlined on its website.

If you want to instead visit an eatery outside the theater, here are a few options for you:

Bam Bar: Just 450 m away from the theater, Bam Bar has some amazing traditional granita, a frozen dessert similar to the sorbet. Feel free to access the bistro tables outside and enjoy the view while sipping great quality coffee or a glass of wine. 

Caffè Wunderbar: This chic cafe-bar offers stunning sea views, favored by celebrities like Greta Garbo and Tennessee Williams. Known for top-notch coffee and delightful cocktails, it's a bit pricey but definitely worth a visit, and more so because it’s just 1 km away!

Bar Pasticceria Etna Dal 1963: Bar Pasticceria Etna Dal 1963 (2.8 km away) opens at 7:30 am, making it ideal for a morning coffee and light breakfast. The bar is known for great coffee, fresh pastries, and outdoor seating.

Budget: Hotel Continental Taormina (2.1 km away), Hostel Taormina (2.6 km away)

Mid-Range: Hotel Excelsior Palace (1.9 km away), Maison Blanche Taormina Luxury B&B (2.7 km away)

Luxury: San Domenico Palace (1.5 km away)

Frequently asked questions about Ancient Theatre of Taormina tickets

How much is a ticket to the Ancient Theater of Taormina?

A standard ticket to the theater is €10.

How to book tickets to the Ancient Theater of Taormina?

You can purchase tickets online or at the venue. Online purchasing allows you to skip the long queues at the ticket office.

Why should I book Taormina Ancient Theater tickets online?

Booking Taormina Ancient Theater tickets online provides guaranteed entry, diverse options for tailored experiences, access to exclusive discounts and offers, and round-the-clock customer service support, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free visit.

What do Taormina Ancient Theater tickets include?

Standard Taormina Ancient Theater tickets include entry into the theater. You can stay for as long as you like and explore the place from one end to the other. You can also opt for the audio guide.

What are the theater’s opening hours?

The theater is open from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays, weekends and holidays.

What is the cancellation policy for Taormina Ancient Theater tickets?

For a full refund you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience.

How long does it take to complete a Taormina Ancient Theater tour?

A complete tour typically takes about 1 hour, depending on your pace and interest.