Taormina and the greek theatre

Thanks to its natural shape and its charm, Taormina looks like an elegant open-air parlour, just 30 minutes away from Residence Nake. The observation terrace, 200 meters above the sea, is the best point to admire the Ionian panorama and the majesty of Mount Etna.

Taormina is an international meeting point, with tourists coming from every part of the world to enjoy its active life. The German Emperor Wilhelm II, Goethe, Maupassant, Oscar Wilde, Brahms, D. H. Lawrence, Galeng and many French and English aristocrats are known to have visited Taormina.

Thanks to its beauty it was chosen as location for an Italian movie, 'L'avventura', shot in 1960 by movie director Michelangelo Antonioni.

Taormina was founded by the Ancient Greeks, who held the nearby town of Naxos under the name of “Tauromenion”. Following the Greek domination the town acquired the typical structure of the Hellenic cities, with a main agora and a theatre. The Ancient Theatre of Taormina was built during the 3rd Century BC following the natural shape of the hill and boasts one of the most stunning panoramas in the world. It was later transformed into an amphitheatre by the Romans.

Taormina went under a number of different dominations which left the city with an immensely rich heritage: Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, Normans, Spanish.
Not to be missed are the Antiquarium, the Naumachias, the Odeon (a Roman theatre), Palazzo Corvaia (the Library), Palazzo dei Duchi di Santo Stefano, Badia Vecchia and Palazzo Ciampoli.

Taormina is one of the pearls of Sicily: history, arts, nature and archaeology.


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