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Sited in a spectacular position on Monte Tauro, the 3rd-century BC Greek theatre at Taormina is the second largest in Sicily, but ranks first for the beauty of its backdrop. The view of Reggio di Calabria, the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna is broken only by the scena added later by the Romans – perhaps the marble-faced niches and columns were built because the view distracted spectators from any drama on the stage.


The Greeks founded a colony here in 733 BC and immediately began a programme of development ...

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