The most significant monument in Taormina is the ancient theatre, not just because of its artistic and historical values but also because of its unique position. The view from here is called panoramaet par excellence and is definitely worth experiencing when you come to Sicily.
The second largest ancient theatre on the island (109 metres in diameter) after the theatre in Syracuse, was built during Hellenic times in the 3rd to 2nd centuries BC. It was rebuilt and extended 300 years later and used by the Romans for competitions and gladiator fighting. The theatre has good acoustics and today is used in the summer for theatre performances and concerts.
Another important Roman building worth seeing is an Odeon, behind the Saint Cataldo church, which was originally used for musical recitations.