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M0nday to Saturday (8.00am – 1.00pm)
Via Don Giovanni Minzoni – Taormina
Small market hall with stands of fruit, meat, fish, cheese and flowers

Every Wednesday (8.00am – 1.00pm)
Via Leonardo Da Vinci and via Wilhelm Von Gloeden – Taormina
eekly market with stands of shoes, clothes, households items, fruit, vegetables and more.

Monday to Saturday (5.00am – 12.00pm)
Behind Piazza Duomo – Catania
Famous fish market located in a pictoresque setting. Fish, meet, cheese and veg presented by enthusiastic market criers. Good restaurants all around.



Casa del Cinema
Museum that hosts posters and photographs of the film shot in Taormina. It is open every day from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00am to 10.00pm. Free entrance
It hosts the ticket office of the Fondazione Taormina Arte, where it is possible to purchase the tickets for most of the events held at the Ancient Theatre and at the Odeon
Address: Corso Umberto I n. 63 – Mobile: 0039 391 746 2146 – www.facebook.com/casadelcinemataormina





January 1/8 – Living Nativity Scene – Trappitello

January 1/15 – Art Exhibition “4around”

January 1 – New Year’s Concert Town of Taormina – Congress Hall

January 5 – Jazz Concert by the Taormina Jazz Association – Congress Hall

January 20 / March 19 – Paint Exhibition “Teatròs” by Pedro Cano – Palazzo Ciampoli



February 1 / March 19 – Paint Exhibition “Teatròs” by Pedro Cano – Palazzo Ciampoli



March 1-19 – Paint Exhibition “Teatròs” by Pedro Cano – Palazzo Ciampoli



April 5 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

April 7 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

April 12 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

April 14 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

April 19 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

April 21 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

April 26 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre

April 28 – Italian Opera Taormina – Nazarena Theatre



June 2 – Modà – Ancient Theatre 

June 11 – Levante – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

June 14 – Giorgia – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

June 15/19 – Taormina Book Festival – 13th ed.

June 18 – David Garrett – Ancient Theatre

June 23 – Nastri D’Argento / Silver Ribbons Award – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

from June 24 to July 1 – Taormina Film Fest (to be confirmed)



July 2 – Homage to Maria Callas – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

July 10 – Checco Zalone in “Amore + Iva”- Ancient Theatre

July 11- Checco Zalone in “Amore + Iva” – Ancient Theatre

July 12 – Il Trittico by G. Puccini – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

July 13 – Il Trittico by G. Puccini – Ancient Theatre  (to be confirmed)

July 14 – Festival del Film Archeologico – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

July 15 – Taomoda (to be confirmed)

July 16 – Nations Award (to be confirmed)

July 22 – Planet Funk – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

July 24 – University graduation ceremony, City of Messina – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

July 25 – “The music of Burt Bacharach” – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

July 26 – Le Quattro Stagioni by Vivaldi – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

July 27 – Steward Copeland – Ancient Theatre

July 29 – Roberto Bolle – Ancient Theatre

July 30 – Gala with Nadine Serra – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

July 31 – Eleonora Abbagnato in “Giulietta” – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)



August 2 – Max Gazzè and the Sicilian Jazz Orchestra – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

August 3 – Eros Ramazzotti – Ancient Theatre

August 4 – Jimmy Sax and the Symphonic dance Orchestra

August 5 – Eros Ramazzotti – Ancient Theatre

August 6 – Eros Ramazzotti – Ancient Theatre

August 7 – Angelo Duro – Ancient Theatre

August 10 – Gianni Morandi – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

August 19 – Tosca – Ancient Theatre

August 20 – Ennio Morricone Tribute – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

August 21/24 – Festival dei Teatri di Pietra – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

August 25 – Madame – Taormina

August 26 – Renga Nek – Ancient Theatre

August 27 – Biagio Antonacci – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

August 28 – Venditti & De Gregori – Ancient Theatre

August 30 – Robert Plant – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)



September 1 – Andrea Bocelli – Ancient Theatre

September 3 – Achille Lauro – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

September 4 – Brunori Sas – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

September 5 – Kim Hyun Joong – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

September 6 – “Eroina, Donne alla Guerra di Troia” – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

September 10 – Una ragazza per il Cinema – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

September 12 – Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

September 13 – Ars Antiqua Music Academy – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

September 14 – Elodie – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

September 16 – GdS Show – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

September 23 – Umberto Tozzi – Ancient Theatre

September 24 –  “Balletto di Sicilia” – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)

September 25 –  “Balletto di Sicilia” – Ancient Theatre (to be confirmed)






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Umberto Tozzi

GLORIA forever – Il Tour

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 23rd September 2023 @ 9.30pm


Umberto Antonio Tozzi (1952) is an Italian pop and rock singer and composer. Over the course of his career, he has sold over 70 million records in different languages internationally, and his biggest international hits are: “Stella Stai”, “Gloria”, “Tu” and “Ti Amo”.


TICKETS on ticketone and boxol
Platea: € 69,00
Gallery: € 59,00
Upper Circle (numbered seats): € 49,00
Upper Circle (non numbered circle): 29,00







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Andrea Bocelli

tAORMINA Ancient Theatre, Friday 1st September 2023 @ 9.30 pm


Andrea Bocelli (1958) is an Italian tenor and multi-instrumentalist. He was born visually impaired, with congenital glaucoma, and at the age of 12, Bocelli became completely blind, following a brain hemorrhage resulting from a football accident. After performing evenings in piano bars and competing in local singing contests, Bocelli signed his first recording contract with the Sugar Music label. He rose to fame in 1994, winning the newcomer’s section of the 44th Sanremo Music Festival performing “Il mare calmo della sera”.

Since 1994, Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 75 million records worldwide. He has had success as a crossover performer, bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts.


TICKETS on ticketone
Platea: € 322,00
Gallery: € 207,00
Upper Circle (numbered seats): € 167,00
Upper Circle (non numbered circle): 98,00






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Venditti and De Gregori

Il Tour

Taormina Ancient Theatre,  Monday 28th August 2023 @ 9.00pm


Antonello Venditti and Francesco De Gregori are two of the most loved Italian song-writers.


TICKETS on ticketone and boxol

Stalls (Parterre): € 95,00
Gallery: € 89,00
Cavea (numbered seats): € 79,00
Cavea (non-numbered seats): 49,00







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Renga Nek

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 26th August 2023 @ 9.30pm



TICKETS on ticketone

Platea (parterre): € 80,50
Gallery: € 69,00
Upper Circle (numbered seats): € 57,50
Upper Circle (non numbered circle): 39,00










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Ancient Theatre, Friday 25th August 2023 @ 9.30pm


Madame (born 2002) is an Italian rapper and singer-songwriter.

Among her influences, Madame cites singer-songwriter Fabrizio De André, trap music and, despite not having southern Italian origins, Sicilian neomelodic music. Instrumental music also played an important role in her artistic development, with artists such as Ludovico Einaudi and Van Halen. In 2019, her musical style was described as “urban, a very wide container in which trap and rap can merge, together with several other contemporary sounds”.


TICKETS on ticketone and boxol
Platea: € 69,00
Gallery: € 59,00
Upper Circle (numbered seats): € 49,00
Upper Circle (non numbered circle): 39,00






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Taormina Ancient Theatre, Saturday 19th August 2023 @9.00pm


An event by Ajaxspettacoli

TICKETS on ticketone and boxol
Platea: € 100,00
Gallery (central): € 85,00
Gallery (lateral): € 80,00
Upper Circle (numbered seats, central): € 60,00
Upper Circle (numbered seats, lateral): € 50,00
Upper Circle (non numbered circle): 35,00



A crowded scene with many soldiers and horses, and much smoke. Some soldiers lie dead or wounded. In the distance, beyond a short line of trees, is a tall church tower.
The Battle of Marengo, as painted by Louis-François Lejeune
According to the libretto, the action of Tosca occurs in Rome in June 1800.[16] Sardou, in his play, dates it more precisely; La Tosca takes place in the afternoon, evening, and early morning of 17 and 18 June 1800.[17]

Italy had long been divided into a number of small states, with the Pope in Rome ruling the Papal States in Central Italy. Following the French Revolution, a French army under Napoleon invaded Italy in 1796, entering Rome almost unopposed on 11 February 1798 and establishing a republic there.[18] Pope Pius VI was taken prisoner, and was sent into exile on February 20, 1798. (Pius VI would die in exile in 1799, and his successor, Pius VII, who was elected in Venice on 14 March 1800, would not enter Rome until 3 July. There is thus neither a Pope nor papal government in Rome during the days depicted in the opera.) The new republic was ruled by seven consuls; in the opera this is the office formerly held by Angelotti, whose character may be based on the real-life consul Liborio Angelucci.[19] In September 1799 the French, who had protected the republic, withdrew from Rome.[20] As they left, troops of the Kingdom of Naples occupied the city.[21]

In May 1800 Napoleon, by then the undisputed leader of France, brought his troops across the Alps to Italy once again. On 14 June his army met the Austrian forces at the Battle of Marengo (near Alessandria). Austrian troops were initially successful; by mid-morning they were in control of the field of battle. Their commander, Michael von Melas, sent this news south towards Rome. However, fresh French troops arrived in late afternoon, and Napoleon attacked the tired Austrians. As Melas retreated in disarray with the remains of his army, he sent a second courier south with the revised message.[22] The Neapolitans abandoned Rome,[23] and the city spent the next fourteen years under French domination.[24]

Act 1


Scene depicting a church interior with high stained-glass windows and heavy ornamental columns. The central figure is a high dignatory around whom several figures are kneeling, while in the background can be seen the tall pikes of the Swiss Guard.
The Te Deum scene which concludes act 1; Scarpia stands at left. Photograph of a pre-1914 production at the old Metropolitan Opera House, New York
Cesare Angelotti, former consul of the Roman Republic and now an escaped political prisoner, runs into the church and hides in the Attavanti private chapel – his sister, the Marchesa Attavanti, has left a key to the chapel hidden at the feet of the statue of the Madonna. The elderly Sacristan enters and begins cleaning. The Sacristan kneels in prayer as the Angelus sounds.

The painter Mario Cavaradossi arrives to continue work on his picture of Mary Magdalene. The Sacristan identifies a likeness between the portrait and a blonde-haired woman who has been visiting the church recently (unknown to him, it is Angelotti’s sister the Marchesa). Cavaradossi describes the “hidden harmony” (“Recondita armonia”) in the contrast between the blonde beauty of his painting and his dark-haired lover, the singer Floria Tosca. The Sacristan mumbles his disapproval before leaving.

Angelotti emerges and tells Cavaradossi, an old friend who has republican sympathies, that he is being pursued by the Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia. Cavaradossi promises to assist him after nightfall. Tosca’s voice is heard, calling to Cavaradossi. Cavaradossi gives Angelotti his basket of food and Angelotti hurriedly returns to his hiding place.

Tosca enters and suspiciously asks Cavaradossi what he has been doing – she thinks that he has been talking to another woman. After Cavaradossi reassures her, Tosca tries to persuade him to take her to his villa that evening: “Non la sospiri, la nostra casetta” (“Do you not long for our little cottage”). She then expresses jealousy over the woman in the painting, whom she recognises as the Marchesa Attavanti. Cavaradossi explains the likeness; he has merely observed the Marchesa at prayer in the church. He reassures Tosca of his fidelity and asks her what eyes could be more beautiful than her own: “Qual’occhio al mondo” (“What eyes in the world”).

After Tosca has left, Angelotti reappears and discusses with the painter his plan to flee disguised as a woman, using clothes left in the chapel by his sister. Cavaradossi gives Angelotti a key to his villa, suggesting that he hide in a disused well in the garden. The sound of a cannon signals that Angelotti’s escape has been discovered. He and Cavaradossi hasten out of the church.

The Sacristan re-enters with choristers, celebrating the news that Napoleon has apparently been defeated at Marengo. The celebrations cease abruptly with the entry of Scarpia, his henchman Spoletta and several police agents. They have heard that Angelotti has sought refuge in the church. Scarpia orders a search, and the empty food basket and a fan bearing the Attavanti coat of arms are found in the chapel. Scarpia questions the Sacristan, and his suspicions are aroused further when he learns that Cavaradossi has been in the church; Scarpia mistrusts the painter, and believes him complicit in Angelotti’s escape.

When Tosca arrives looking for her lover, Scarpia artfully arouses her jealous instincts by implying a relationship between the painter and the Marchesa Attavanti. He draws Tosca’s attention to the fan and suggests that someone must have surprised the lovers in the chapel. Tosca falls for his deceit; enraged, she rushes off to confront Cavaradossi. Scarpia orders Spoletta and his agents to follow her, assuming she will lead them to Cavaradossi and Angelotti. He privately gloats as he reveals his intentions to possess Tosca and execute Cavaradossi. A procession enters the church singing the Te Deum; exclaiming ‘Tosca, you make me forget even God!’, Scarpia joins the chorus in the prayer.


Act 2


The body of a man lies supine, with a woman, crucifix in hand, kneeling over him. A candle is placed to each side of his head.
Tosca reverently lays a crucifix on Scarpia’s body. Photograph of a pre-1914 production at the old Metropolitan Opera House, New York
Scarpia’s apartment in the Palazzo Farnese, that evening

Scarpia, at supper, sends a note to Tosca asking her to come to his apartment, anticipating that two of his goals will soon be fulfilled at once. His agent, Spoletta, arrives to report that Angelotti remains at large, but Cavaradossi has been arrested for questioning. He is brought in, and an interrogation ensues. As the painter steadfastly denies knowing anything about Angelotti’s escape, Tosca’s voice is heard singing a celebratory cantata elsewhere in the Palace.

She enters the apartment in time to see Cavaradossi being escorted to an antechamber. All he has time to say is that she mustn’t tell them anything. Scarpia then claims she can save her lover from indescribable pain if she reveals Angelotti’s hiding place. She resists, but the sound of screams coming through the door eventually breaks her down, and she tells Scarpia to search the well in the garden of Cavaradossi’s villa.

Scarpia orders his torturers to cease, and the bloodied painter is dragged back in. He is devastated to discover that Tosca has betrayed his friend. Sciarrone, another agent, then enters with news: there was an upset on the battlefield at Marengo, and the French are marching on Rome. Cavaradossi, unable to contain himself, gloats to Scarpia that his rule of terror will soon be at an end. This is enough for the police to consider him guilty, and they haul him away to be executed.

Scarpia, now alone with Tosca, proposes a bargain: if she gives herself to him, Cavaradossi will be freed. She is revolted, and repeatedly rejects his advances, but she hears the drums outside announcing an execution. As Scarpia awaits her decision, she prays, asking why God has abandoned her in her hour of need: “Vissi d’arte” (“I lived for art”). She tries to offer money, but Scarpia is not interested in that kind of bribe: he wants Tosca herself.

Spoletta returns with the news that Angelotti has killed himself upon discovery, and that everything is in place for Cavaradossi’s execution. Scarpia hesitates to give the order, looking to Tosca, and despairingly she agrees to submit to him. He tells Spoletta to arrange a mock execution, both men repeating that it will be “as we did with Count Palmieri”, and Spoletta exits.

Tosca insists that Scarpia must provide safe-conduct out of Rome for herself and Cavaradossi. He easily agrees to this and heads to his desk. While he’s drafting the document, she quietly takes a knife from the supper table. Scarpia triumphantly strides toward Tosca. When he begins to embrace her, she stabs him, crying “this is Tosca’s kiss!” Once she’s certain he’s dead, she ruefully says “now I forgive him.” She removes the safe-conduct from his pocket, lights candles in a gesture of piety, and places a crucifix on the body before leaving.


Act 3


Roman panorama showing, centre, an arched bridge over a river with a domed building in the distance. To the right of the bridge is a large circular fortress.
The Castel Sant’Angelo (right), scene of the Tosca denouement, as painted in the 18th century
A shepherd boy is heard offstage singing (in Romanesco dialect) “Io de’ sospiri” (“I give you sighs”) as church bells sound for matins. The guards lead Cavaradossi in and a jailer informs him that he has one hour to live. He declines to see a priest, but asks permission to write a letter to Tosca. He begins to write, but is soon overwhelmed by memories: “E lucevan le stelle” (“And the stars shone”).

Tosca enters and shows him the safe-conduct pass she has obtained, adding that she has killed Scarpia and that the imminent execution is a sham. Cavaradossi must feign death, after which they can flee together before Scarpia’s body is discovered. Cavaradossi is awestruck by his gentle lover’s courage: “O dolci mani” (“Oh sweet hands”). The pair ecstatically imagine the life they will share, far from Rome. Tosca then anxiously coaches Cavaradossi on how to play dead when the firing squad shoots at him with blanks. He promises he will fall “like Tosca in the theatre”.

Cavaradossi is led away, and Tosca watches with increasing impatience as the firing squad prepares. The men fire, and Tosca praises the realism of his fall, “Ecco un artista!” (“What an actor!”). Once the soldiers have left, she hurries towards Cavaradossi, urging him, “Mario, su presto!” (“Mario, up quickly!”), only to find that Scarpia betrayed her: the bullets were real. Heartbroken, she clasps her lover’s lifeless body and weeps.

The voices of Spoletta, Sciarrone, and the soldiers are heard, shouting that Scarpia is dead and Tosca has killed him. As the men rush in, Tosca rises, evades their clutches, and runs to the parapet. Crying “O Scarpia, avanti a Dio!” (“O Scarpia, we meet before God!”), she flings herself over the edge to her death.








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Angelo Duro

Ancient Theatre, Monday 7th August 2023 @9.30pm


Angelo Duro (born 1982) is an Italian comedian, writer and television personality.


TICKETS on ticketone
Platea: € 50,00
Gallery: € 50,00
Upper Circle (numbered seats): € 40,00
Upper Circle (non numbered circle): 30,00







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Jimmy Sax and the Symphonic Dance Orchestra

Ancient Theatre Friday 4th August 2023 @ 9.30pm


Jim Rolland known as “Jimmy Sax” is an incredible saxophonist, multi-intrumentist, composer and entertainer more oriented towards electronic music.His track record of 1,500 shows, 1 million followers, 350 Million streams, 1 Platinum and 2 golden discs has turned him into a unique figure in in the world of saxophone and electronic music.
(source: https://www.youtube.com/@JimmySax/about)


TICKETS on ticketone
Platea: € 95,00
Gallery: € 85,00
Upper Circle (numbered seats): € 65,00
Upper Circle (non numbered circle): 46,00










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Roberto Bolle and Friends

Bolle Tour 2023

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 29th July 2023 @ 9.15pm


Roberto Bolle (born 1975) is an Italian danseur. He is currently a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and a principal dancer étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet. Bolle also dances regularly as a guest artist with the world’s leading companies, including The Royal Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet.

For the “Roberto Bolle and Frriends” Roberto selects only the best dancers in the world who have reached international fame to perform in his gala.
This event offers the unique occasion to admire many of the most famous dancers in the world on stage.
The beauty of this occasion is that the audience experiences the diverse techniques, schools and styles of these many world-class dancers. The program of the Gala changes with each performance, but the dancers always perform pieces ranging from much-loved classical repertoire to modern and contemporary ballets.
(source: https://robertobolle.com/rb-and-friends)


TICKETS on ticketone
Platea: € 145,00
Gallery (central): € 130,00
Gallery (lateral): € 120,00
Upper Circle (central, numbered seats): € 75,00
Upper Circle (lateral, numbered seats): 60,00
Upper Circle (non-numbered seats): 45,00




Roberto Bolle and Friends at Teatro Antico di Taormina Sicily, 29.7.2022



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