If you are in beautiful Sicily, more precisely on the eastern side, and you are planning to visit Taormina, whether it is a day excursion or a stay of several days, surely you cannot leave its Ancient Theater out of your itinerary! This is the second largest ancient Greco-Roman theater in Sicily, after that of Syracuse.
Visiting this historic site means taking a real step back in time, observing the splendid panorama that anyone who preceded us observed in turn. An incredible feeling.
Here is everything you need to know about how to best organize your visit to the Ancient Theater of Taormina; how to get there, prices and advice.
- Hours and prices
- Online tickets and guided tours
- What to see and how to visit the Ancient Theater
- Where is it and how to get there
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Hours and prices
- open every day. In the winter period from November to mid-February from 9:00 to 16:00, while in the summer period from May to August it closes at 19:00. In the remaining months the closing time varies from 16:30 to 18:30
- Best time to avoid queues: at opening time, therefore between 9:00 and 10:00 or around closing time; we recommend buying the ticket online or taking part in an organized tour starting from € 19,00
- € 10,00
- Reductions: € 5,00 for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years old
- Free: first Sunday of the month; for children under 18, disabled people and their family member or carer, EU tourist guides and tourist interpreters, school groups from public or private schools, teachers and students enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts
Online tickets and guided tours
What to see and how to visit the Ancient Theater
The Ancient Theater, built by the Greeks probably in the third century BC, was born with intended to host dramatic performances and concerts. During the Roman period it became a place for performances with the gladiator fights. To create the right space for the fighting, the orchestra (the part that was once intended for players) was expanded and effectively became an arena.
Nowadays, to visit this beautiful archaeological site there are two entrances: the main one in via Teatro Antico and a secondary one in via Bagnoli Crociè.
The Theater is really well preserved and still today you can clearly admire its parts, which are four:
- the orchestra, the place where instrumentalists were positioned during the Greek period, while with the Romans this was converted into an arena for gladiators to fight;
- the scene, that is the most important part that remains of the theater, the raised part where theatrical performances were once staged; little remains of all its ornaments and columns, partly destroyed;
- Audience, entirely hollowed out in the rock and which once could host about 5.400 spectators, the authorities and the most important spectators sat in the front rows; still today you can see the nine distinct sections, which were accessed via the ladders;
- i portici, built behind the last row of the stalls with the aim of increasing the number of seats.
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: in Via del Teatro Greco 1, in Taormina; easily reachable on foot from anywhere in the city; from the cathedral of Taormina it is 15 minutes, from Porta Messina about 6 minutes, from the Gardens of the Villa Comunale about 8 minutes - Get directions
From the center, the only way to get to the theater is on foot, as buses do not run here
- By bus: if you are in neighboring areas, you can get by bus to the Interbus Taormina Terminal in Via Pirandello and from there continue on foot to the destination (about 10 minutes on foot)
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 9 am, the opening time, when there is less attendance
- audioguide: available at the entrance at a cost of € 5,00
- Watch out for restrictions: it is forbidden to eat and drink inside the theater, do not dirty by leaving papers and garbage lying around
- Minimum time for the visit: 1 now
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
The Ancient Theater was built by the Greeks, probably in the third century BC as a place to entertain oneself by attending plays and concerts. Even during the Roman period its role was the same, but theater and music were replaced by fights with gladiators.
Over the centuries, the place lost its original function and was left in a state of neglect. Indeed, during the medieval period, some of its parts, such as the beautiful columns, were used to build other important buildings in Taormina, such as the cathedral.
However, since the 50s, the theater, the second largest in Sicily after that of Syracuse, it is again used to host various shows, not only plays and concerts, but also award ceremonies and important events.
Since April 2019 the Ancient Theater has two entrances: the main one in via Teatro Antico and the secondary one in via Bagnoli Croci. To get to know this place better, we advise you to rent the audio guide for only € 5,00, so you can really discover what lies behind the remains of the theater.