The Roman Theatre

The Roman Theatre in Catania is located in the old town, in Piazza S. Francesco, between Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Teatro Greco. It is now part of the Greek-Roman Archaeological Park of Catania.

The current look of the theatre dates back to the Roman times and it was probably built in the Imperial age although its position on a natural slope and some literary sources prove that it could have been rebuilt upon a Greek theatre. The diameter is about 80 meters, and only the auditorium, orchestra, and some parts of the scene have survived across the centuries. Built in lava stone from Etna, it was decorated with marble and statues and, it probably included a top staircase mounted by a colonnade, similar to that of the theatre of Taormina. Its could contain approximately 5,000 spectators.