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The impressive collection of monuments, houses, fortresses, archeological sites speak of Taormina's rich history. From Greek and Romans to British, all come together to leave a mark on the material culture of this breathtaking haven by the sea.

You can begin with the remote past and learn from the Teatro Greco that both the Greeks and Romans were very active here. The Greeks built the amphitheatre in the third century BC and it was rebuilt and expanded by the Romans in the second century. Other traces of Roman presence is the Odeon (odeum), a small Roman theatre, and the Roman tiles in Medieval villas.

Arabs were in the region and if you have any doubt you will see on the top of Monte Tauro the "Saracen" castle. It is an hybrid with an earlier Byzantine foundation and expanded later by the Normans.

Near Messina Gate, Christian presence is palpable in Saint Pancras Church. The construction of the Church is an hybrid with Greek temple building as it shares a wall with a temple dedicated to Zeus that stood outside the city walls.

And, finally, the city‘s cathedral is in fact a Norman-Arab construction, built on a primitive Christian. There are also some charming Baroque and recent structures as an Anglican church.

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