The ancient theatre of Taormina

The Tauromenion theater, relying on a few archaeological documents, had an Hellenistic origin but actually it looks totally Roman style. It is carved into the rock and the scene has for background the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. It has a maximum diameter of about 109 meters and a height of about 20 meters. The auditorium is divided into nine sectors and eight stairs that allow the access of spectators. The same is surrounded, at the top, by a double arched gallery supported on the outside by simple pillars and inside by marble columns. The bottom of the stage, of Roman era, is partially open to the center and surrounded by a wall on the background. Here are present some residual marble columns that let understand how it was at the origins. Today the Theatre has a capacity of 4500 seats and it is used as an outdoor theater for various forms of entertainment ranging from theater to concerts, symphony concerts, opera and ballet.

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