Top Ancient Sites in Taormina

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The hilltop town of Taormina is best known for its gorgeous beaches, lively beach resorts, and magnificent views of Mt. Etna. Yet the Sicilian resort town is also home to some of the island’s most impressive archaeological sites. Here are a few must-sees to add to your Taormina itinerary. 

Greek Theatre of Taormina (Teatro Greco)
Perched high on the cliff-tops, the Greek Theater, or Ancient Theater of Taormina (Teatro Antico di Taormina), is as notable for its dramatic views along the Ionian Sea coast as it is for its well-preserved ruins. The ancient Greek amphitheater was built in the third century BC and boasts a fascinating history: built by the ancient Greeks, used for gladiator games by the Romans, and used as a venue for opera performances and music concerts today. 

Odeon
Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus Octavian built the Odeon, which is similar in style to the Teatro Greco, although much smaller. Located behind the Palazzo Corvaja along the Corso Umberto, the ancient ruins make a popular photo stop on walking tours of Taormina.

Porta Catania and Porta Messina
The last remnants of Taormina’s ancient fortification walls, the historic city gates of Porta Catania and Porta Messina remain two of the city’s most prominent landmarks. Restored in the 15th century and 19th century, respectively, you can admire the gates on walking or sightseeing tours of Taormina. 
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Taormina Segway Tour

Glide past Taormina’s top sites on this 3-hour Segway tour. Led by an expert guide, explore the Borgo Medievale, Taormina’s oldest district. See the bustling Piazza del Duomo, city hall and the San Domenico Palace Hotel, once an ancient monastery. Check out views of Mt Etna from Villa Comunale before heading to the ancient Greek amphitheater of Teatro Greco. Learn about the gladiatorial games held in the impressive spot before concluding your tour at your original departure point.
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Taormina Walking Tour with Greek Theatre Visit

See the serene beauty of Taormina in a whole new way with a night walking tour. Learn about the culture and archaeology of this historic beach town in eastern Sicily from your guide as you explore the Greek Theatre, Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Corvaja, Jewish Quarter, and an ancient Roman theater. Take in the views of Taormina at night from a walk along Corso Umberto, seeing the Old Town lit up next to the Mediterranean.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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2-hour Private Sightseeing Tour of Taormina

Taormina is one of Sicily’s most beautiful hilltop towns, but it can be challenge to avoid the crowds, especially in the summer months. This private 2-hour tour ensures a personalized experience and the undivided attention of your guide, so you can admire landmarks such as the Greek Theatre, Corvaia Palace, and Porta Messina; learn more about Taormina’s ancient history; and enjoy spectacular views of Mount Etna.
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Taormina Walking Tour and Wine Tasting Including Skip-the-line Ticket to the Greek Theatre

Discover Taormina’s historic secrets and modern delights on a 3-hour walking tour of highlights like Palazzo Corvaja, Santa Caterina church and Vicolo Stretto — the narrowest street in town. Gain skip-the-line entry to the ancient Greek theater, which boasts magnificent views of Mt Etna and Giardini Naxos. In the main square of Piazza IX Aprile, rest your feet and refresh with a tasting of unique Mt Etna DOC wines and savory local products at an enoteca.
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