Teatro Greco, near Taormina, Sicily

This incredible 2,300-year-old amphitheatre, perched on a hilltop on Sicily’s north-east coast in the fake rolex watches shadow of Mount Etna, was once used for gladiator battles. Today it hosts summer concerts. Visit during the day and cast yourself back in time, the magnificent volcano smoking beyond, then head back in the evening for some unforgettable music. taormina-arte.com

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