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Greek Theatre, Taormina

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Enjoy views of Taormina and Mount Etna from the ancient Greek Theatre, an open-air theater dating back to the third century. The theater once featured nine seating sections that could hold up to 10,000 spectators. Most of the original seats have disappeared over the centuries, but the wall surrounding the rows of seats has survived. The proscenium and its back wall are exceptionally well-preserved. Remaining fragments of architectural decorations help reveal the theater's Corinthian architecture. When the site was an amphitheater, it hosted battles between gladiators and wild beasts. In the medieval ages, the site served as a palatial residence. It now is home to cultural events and musical performances. Add Greek Theatre to your Taormina travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Taormina tourist route planner.
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  • By the State of conservation, because you can see it in its entirety not only the stands with the choir and the scene but you can see the structure that the Romans carried out with its walls cementitious vaults that cuts below the stage. Visit try amazing acoustics that managed only by shape.
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  • There is little to say or tell about this place that you don't already know. Magnificent is the location and magnificent is the story brings in. A must among a cannoli and a snow cone.
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  • Syracuse was founded around 734 BC by Greek colonists from Corinth. The siege of the Republic of Rome Siracusa, lasted three years (214-212 BC). The importance of Sicily in Republican Rome was capital, since its production of grain was crucial to feed the population of Rome. The orator Cicero, on his visit to Syracuse, defines it as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all". After the civil wars, Octavian, the new emperor Augusto, reorganized the provinces of the Empire, Sicily became a senatorial province, legions, and a Siracusa in Roman Cologne. It is from this moment when the amphitheatre, the baths are built or reorganizes the Siracusa Forum. In the middle of the century V A.c., instability made an appearance on the island of Sicily, being occupied by the Vandals in 440 A.d. The Greek theater of Syracuse, is regarded as one of the great wonders of the ancient history of Greek culture. It is among the largest, most perfect and best preserved of its kind. The theatre had a paramount importance in the life of the city, being, along with Athens, one of the key points of the drama of Greek, premiering on it many of the classics. If Athens is the homeland of the tragedy, Syracuse will be comedy. Originally built in the 5th century BC, premiering then the work of Aeschylus ' the Persians", but acquired his final appearance with the subsequent reform of Geron II in the 3rd century BC In Roman modifications were made to adapt it to the typology of the Roman theatres, dedicated above all to the circus shows. Between 1520 and 1531, at time of Carlos V, blocks of stone of the theatre were used for the construction of the fortifications of the island of Ortygia.
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