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Last updated: 21 March 2024

Roman Amphitheatre and Greek-Roman Theatre in Catania: tickets and opening hours

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The Roman Amphitheatre and the Greek-Roman Theatre of Catania represent two of the most fascinating vestiges of classical antiquity in the city. Both monuments offer a unique window into the city's past and today are among the attractions of Catania most popular with first-time visitors.

Despite their geographical and historical proximity, these two sites are not the same as many tourists may think. In any case, as they are both in the historic centre it is possible to visit them both in one day. We recommend to all guests of Ferrini Home to visit both the Greek-Roman Theatre that theAmphitheatre Romano for a unique experience in Catania.

Read on, we have collected tall the information you need to organise your visit at these historical sites in the city👇

First stop: Roman Amphitheatre of Catania

One place we always recommend visiting to all guests of Ferrini Home is the Roman amphitheatre in the city centre. Let's start with the basic information for plan a visit to the Amphitheatre of Catania ⬇️

📍Location: Piazza Stesicoro 95100 Catania CT

🕐TimetableTuesdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - (Temporarily closed for renovation and structural adjustment work)

🤑Ticket: Full € 3 - Reduced € 1.50 (source: Parchi Archeologici Sicilia website)

Roman Amphitheatre of Catania: the visit and history

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Born probably in the 2nd century on the edge of the ancient city, the Roman Amphitheatre of Catania dominated the city centre with its majesty. It had a capacity of close to 30,000 spectators, if one considers the temporary structures added. Built with the lava stone of Etna and adorned with precious marbles, this monument was distinguished not only by its size but also by its functionality and beauty.

The Roman Amphitheatre is distinguished by its imposing dimensions and for its elliptical structureideal for gladiatorial shows and naumachiae, simulated naval battles. Although the primary use of the Roman Amphitheatre was to host games and shows for the entertainment of the population, over the centuries it has seen its functions change. After its decommissioning as a performance venue, it housed shops and commercial activities, becoming an integral part of Catania's urban fabric. Today it remains a site of historical and cultural interest, visited by tourists and scholars from all over the world.

For those visiting Catania for the first time the Amphitheatre represents a not-to-be-missed stop on your journey of discovery.

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Stage 2: Ancient Greek-Roman Odeon Theatre of Catania

The Greek-Roman Theatrealso known as Odeon Theatreis one of the most important attractions in Catania and is located in the city's historic centre. Let's start with the basic information to plan a visit to the Greek-Roman Theatre in Catania ⬇️

📍Location: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 266, 95124 Catania CT

🕐 SUMMER HOURS: Monday to Sunday from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. (last entry at 6.30 p.m.) and WINTER TIMETABLE: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission 4.30 p.m.)

🤑 Ticket: Full € 7 - Reduced € 3.50 (source: Parchi Archeologici Sicilia website)

Greek-Roman Theatre of Catania: the visit and history

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Built on the ruins of an earlier Hellenistic theatre, the Greek Roman Theatre in Catania saw its first major transformation in Roman times, from the 1st century AD onwards. With the expansion of the theatre and the addition of a monumental entrance, the site took on a new grandeur and magnificence, reflecting Catania's growing importance as a cultural and social centre. The construction of the adjacent Odeon, intended for poetry and music competitions, has over the years further strengthened this role.

The Greek Theatre of Catania was not only a place dedicated to entertainment, but a vital centre for the dissemination of Greco-Roman culture and art. Theatrical performances, poetry and music competitions, and later also water shows, animated this space, making it a cultural landmark for the inhabitants of ancient Catania and more. La visit to the Greek Theatre of Catania is an unmissable experience for those who wish to immerse themselves in the history and art of antiquity.

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Ferrini Home, with its flats located in the heart of Cataniaoffers the ideal starting point for exploring the Greek Theatre and other historical wonders of the city.

Other historical places to visit in Catania

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Catania offers a wealth of historical and cultural wonders beyond the well-known Roman Amphitheatre and Greek-Roman Theatre. Here are some of the unmissable places to visit in Catania along with the theatre and amphitheatre:

  • Massimo Bellini Theatre: represents the beating heart of Catania's musical life. Inaugurated in 1890, this temple of opera seduces not only with its opera and ballet seasons but also with the splendour of its interior, where architectural elegance and refined decorations create a magical atmosphere.
  • Elephant of Piazza Duomoknown as the Liotru, is more the symbol of Catania and is located in the city's main square, Piazza Duomo.
  • PiscariaCatania's fish market, where the city's vital energy is manifested in the vibrant colours, bustling vendors and fresh seafood. This place, full of history and tradition, offers an authentic immersion in Catania life.
  • Benedictine Monastery: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Baroque masterpiece that houses the Faculty of Humanities, while its basements conceal the remains of Roman dwellings.
  • Botanical Garden: with its collections of indigenous and exotic flora, is an oasis of peace and natural beauty that invites you to discover the botanical wonders of the island.

✨ You might also be interested: 5 places off the usual tourist routes to visit in Catania

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If you want to take a trip to discover Sicilian traditions and culture, Catania is the ideal place to spend a holiday. If you do not know where to sleep in the centre of Catania and you are looking for something refined but functional, solutions by Ferrini Home might be right for you.

The flats and suites Ferrini Home not only offer functionality, comfort and fine design, but also a strategic location in the city centre that will allow you to visit all of Catania's main attractions.

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