Greek/Roman amphitheatre, Taormina, Sicily by Martin Searle

Greek/Roman amphitheatre, Taormina, Sicily

The photograph is of part of the stage area of the Greco/Roman amphitheatre of Taormina built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC for gatherings, plays and music. The amphitheatre has a horseshoe layout typical of the Greek style and was built to seat up to 5000 people. It is the second largest in Sicily. In the 2nd century BC the amphitheatre was transformed by the Romans for gladiatorial spectacles. The extensive use of bricks indicates the Romans built on top of the Greek foundations. The amphitheatre is carved out of the rock of Mount Tauro overlooking Mount Etna . Mount Etna features in many photographs of this amphitheatre, while providing an imposing view it detracts from the majesty of the ancient Greek/Roman amphitheatre which is the real view.