Beverly Rezneck

The majestic snow-capped peak of Mt. Etna rises above the amphitheater at Taormina, Sicily. One of the first Greek colonies on the island, Taormina’s earliest settlement dates to the eighth-century B.C.E. Its spectacularly framed stage—one of the largest in the ancient world—was the setting for ancient circuses, gladiatorial combats and theatrical productions during the Roman period (compare with photo of Doric temple at Segesta).