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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Ancient Theatre of Taormina is partially wheelchair accessible.
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.
Mount Etna in Sicily, with its collapsed appearance from countless eruptions, is one of the world's most active and tallest volcanoes in the Mediterranean.
The Orto Botanico di Palermo, also known as the Palermo Botanical Garden, is a garden and educational institution in Palermo, Italy.
Built during the 12th century by William II of Sicily, Monreale Cathedral is one of the most important examples of Norman architecture in the world.
A standard ticket to the theater is €10.
You can purchase tickets online or at the venue. Online purchasing allows you to skip the long queues at the ticket office.
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.
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.
The theater is open from 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays, weekends and holidays.
For a full refund you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience.
A complete tour typically takes about 1 hour, depending on your pace and interest.