The island of Sicily is one of the most desirable places for those who want to enjoy a European vacation that has everything – vibrant tourist centers, historical and cultural sites, an unforgettable culinary experience, unforgettable landscapes, and a magical atmosphere. As such, it is a popular tourist destination and one of the most loved among those who visit the land of the boot, including tourists from Israel.
Among the many interesting activities and attractions you can find in Sicily, there are quite a few that combine the world of history buffs with those that will mainly fascinate culture buffs and the Roman theater is one of them.
The Roman Theater of Sicily is located in the historic center of the beautiful port city of Catania, right at the intersection of some of the most central streets in the city, making it a popular tourist site and one that can easily be combined with walking tours among the picturesque streets that surround it and from there continue to other tourist sites or stop at one of the excellent restaurants or the cafes nearby.
The impressive theater building dates to the mid-2nd century AD according to the sources, although many historians doubt this. Be that as it may, during the visit to the place you will be able to be impressed by many and varied architectural elements which are reflected in the building itself and in the decorations that decorate it including statues, wide columns, wall reliefs and more.
It is interesting to know that the part visible to the eye today was actually hidden under rubble and a significant part of it was only revealed during archaeological excavations carried out during the 20th century. Until then, the ruins found at the site were neglected and were used as a place where they cut blocks that were used to build the city’s buildings and later the city’s walls were built on them.
Although the exact date of its establishment is uncertain, a number of important historical events are attributed to the theater and as such it is considered one of the most central and significant monuments of Catania and its ruins are a focal point of pilgrimage for locals as well. Be that as it may, it is undoubtedly a spectacular place which is evidence of the greatness of the ancient city that was located there.