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Taormina Roman Odeon
Taormina Roman Odeon

Taormina Roman Odeon

Corso Umberto , Taormina, Sicily , 98039

The basics

Likely used for small-scale vocal and literary performances for the city's elite, the marble-and-brick Roman Odeon was built in 21 BC under Roman emperor Caesar Augustus Octavian. Discovered by accident in the late 1800s, excavations eventually revealed an intimate venue built above a Greek temple. Visit this well-preserved theater with a guide as part of a Taormina walking tour that also takes in the famed Greek Theater (Teatro Greco). Day trips and shore excursions to Taormina generally depart from Syracuse, Messina, or Catania and are often combined with a wine tasting or visits to the nearby town of Castelmola and the peak of Mount Etna.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Roman Odeon is not accessible to wheelchairs.
  • A tour of this ancient theater is particularly interesting for archaeology buffs.
  • The site is outdoors, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Tours of Taormina and its ancient sites require a significant amount of walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended.
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How to get there

The Roman Odeon is set in the heart of the hilltop historic center of Taormina, an easy walk from the Greek Theater and other local highlights. Taormina is a popular day trip from the larger Sicilian cities of Syracuse, Messina, and Catania.

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When to get there

Temperatures soar at this open-air archaeological site at midday in summer, so visit first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon. During the Christmas holidays, the Odeon is used as the setting for a traditional nativity.

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Taormina’s Roman “Greek” Theater

Taormina is best known for its spectacular Greek Theatre (Teatro Greco), a Roman amphitheater built in the 2nd century and named for its Greek-inspired design. Once seating over 5,000 spectators, the theater is the second-largest in Sicily and is still used to hold concerts and performances against the backdrop of the coastline and Mount Etna.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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