The Odeon

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ChrisBelinda
Bury, UK348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
You would never know this was here, halfway up Corso Umberto where the street bends and up a small street on your left, it's sunken into the hillside and looks like a tiny ancient theatre. Reminded me of the amphitheatre in Chester as the other half is buried under a Catholic church and will of course never be excavated (!). A peaceful little place to contemplate life as we (once) knew it..
Written September 10, 2020
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,673 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
It’s smaller and not so famous like Ancient Greek Theatre, but it’s worth a visit. It’s located in the centre, behind Chiesa Caterina. It was discovered in the19.th century. We could go in for some minutes before closing time.
Written March 3, 2023
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Tiki Trader
Perth, Australia2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
I stumbled across this one late afternoon and had it all to myself (well, there was a cat there too), which was lovely.
It’s open from 9am to an hour before sunset, and it’s well worth a look. The sign next to the gate was a little hard to follow, but basically it seems that the theatre itself was built against an existing temple, so it would’ve been quite a sight, in its day.
I recommend you have a peek inside the adjacent church, as part of the theatre foundations have been excavated under the floor there.
Unless you’re a big fan of ruins, it’s not a prime destination, but since it’s right there in the middle of Taormina I’d recommend spring 15 minutes having a poke around.
Written December 25, 2017
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Just up the road from its big brother the Greco-Roman Theatre, is this small Roman Odeon built 2,000 years ago, it was discovered in 1892. The odeon is built over the top of a 3rd century BC Greek Temple, (whose marble steps have been preserved), in turn Chiesa Santa Caterina was built over the odeon in the 17th century and still covers a portion of it. The odeon could accommodate around 200 people and was probably used for the elite and religious officials. It is thought to have had a roof which makes its design unusual.

Not as spectacular and flashy as the Greco-Roman Theatre but then, you work with what you’ve got and sometimes, things should be appreciated for what they are and this is still an amazing and interesting site. It’s a hop, skip and a jump from the other theatre, so you’re in the area and there is no cost to enter the site, so why not take a look?
Written July 30, 2016
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bobNewmarket
Newmarket, UK128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Can easily walk by this look just opposite Corvaja palace you can see this has been hidden and mostly ruined by houses.
Written September 23, 2014
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Thomas H
Copenhagen, Denmark27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I am glad that I saw the Odeon. But it will not crack the top 10 of things to see and do in Taormina.
Written October 17, 2019
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Littleone88
Brighton,England236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
This is tucked away behind a church, just up from the Tourist Info centre. Its free and really interesting to look round.
Written June 24, 2018
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Andrew C
Shefford, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
We stumbled across this by accident and what a surprise it was! Now I know where the "Odeon' brand cinemas come from. A tiny theatre built in Roman times part in ruins behind some flats up a side street with didn't seem to lead anywhere special, till we got there.
Written September 19, 2016
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Uggbugg
Paulton, UK112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
If your in Taormina worth a shor walk to see. Very small, but it is free and you view at your leisure.
Written May 20, 2016
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Stephen A
Bury St. Edmunds, UK123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
We came across it by accident, having eaten in the adjacent "Non Solo Pizza". No charge for entry, with a helpful information board at the entrance. All it takes is a little imagination to see it filling up for some bawdy entertainment for those who lived, loved and went to "the Odeon" so long ago. The very "compactness" is its charm - this wasn't a venue on the scale of the Greek theatre, or the amphitheatres at Siracusa, but it is a model of a typical Roman theatre. Most of those have long since been dismantled and used for subsequent rebuilding, as has happened with every civilisation since, so to see this in place, and how the later buildings have taken shape around it is fascinating.

Well worth exploring, and not surrounded by souvenir shops!
Written February 24, 2016
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