The present town of Taormina occupies the ancient site, on a hill which forms the last projecting point of the mountain ridge that extends along the coast from Cape Pelorus to this point. The site of the old town is about 250 metres (820 ft) above the sea, while a very steep and almost isolated rock, crowned by a Saracen castle, rises about 150 metres (490 ft) higher. This is the likely site of the ancient Arx or citadel, an inaccessible position mentioned by ancient writers. Portions of the ancient walls may be traced at intervals all round the brow of the hill, the whole of the summit of which was occupied by the ancient city. Numerous fragments of ancient buildings are scattered over its whole surface, including extensive reservoirs of water, sepulchres, tesselated pavements, etc., and the remains of a spacious edifice, commonly called a Naumachia, but the real purpose of which it is difficult to determine.
The Ancient theatre of Taormina is built for the most part of brick, and is therefore probably of Roman date, though the plan and arrangement are in accordance with those of Greek, rather than Roman, theatres; whence it is supposed that the present structure was rebuilt upon the foundations of an older theatre of the Greek period. With a diameter of 109 metres (358 ft) (after an expansion in the 2nd century), this theatre is the second largest of its kind in Sicily (after that of Syracuse); it is frequently used for operatic and theatrical performances and for concerts. The greater part of the original seats have disappeared, but the wall which surrounded the whole cavea is preserved, and the proscenium with the back wall of the scena and its appendages, of which only traces remain in most ancient theatres, are here preserved in singular integrity, and contribute much to the picturesque effect, as well as to the interest, of the ruin. From the fragments of architectural decorations still extant we learn that it was of the Corinthian order, and richly ornamented. Some portions of a temple are also visible, converted into the church of San Pancrazio, but the edifice is of small size.
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Weather Taormina in with no doubt one of the reasons why thousands of Tourists choose our beautiful Island for their summer holidays.
But which is the right season ? When weather conditions are not to hot or to cool ? Here is a summery of weather Taormina :
The island’s mountains and Etna generate many climate variations, all, of course, depending on altitude and from northwest prevailing winds. The southeastern regions are generally drier and warmer than the northwestern, and the southeastern coast is usually more “quite”.
From June through September, weather Taormina is hot and dry with plenty of sunshine, excellent to spend days at the beach. The average high temperature is already at 23°C in June and then rises to 26°C in July and August before dropping to 24°C in September. Nights are also very warm, the average low temperatures ranges from 15°C to 19°C, which allows you pleasant evening walks in one of the island’s most beautiful town, Taormina.
The heat, especially in the peak summer months of July and August, can be a little bit uncomfortable, but a dip in the warm sea or a trip up into the green hills provides instant relief.
The water temperature gets up to 27°C in August, which is more than comfortable enough for everyone to swim. In July and September, the Mediterranean Sea is 25°C warm on average.
Clouds generally avoid the coast, allowing around 13 to 14 glorious hours of sunshine per day for most of the season; September is slightly cloudier, but still has 11 sunshine hours.
Rainfall is exceptionally rare, falling only briefly in the hills. June and July are the driest months in the year, receiving only 10mm in each month. August gets 17mm of precipitation, while September’s 28mm indicates that the weather is slowly moving towards the wetter autumn and winter seasons.
Southwestern areas are sometimes terrorised by spells of intense heat and aridity when the sirocco wind blows up from the Sahara. The sirocco can sometimes carry sand with it, covering large areas in dust and veiling the sky in a thin haze.