Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Taormina, Italy

Taormina Teatro Greco. IT-88046 from Ilaria.
Taormina is a small town on the east coast of Sicily. This area was inhabited as early as 832 B.C.E., which is kind of hard for me to imagine. Pictured on this card is the teatro Greco, or Greek theatre. It is thought to be a Roman theatre built on the foundation of an earlier Greek period theatre. According to wikipedia, it is still in use today as a theatre, opera house, and musical venue. I think the mountain in the background is Mt. Etna, Europe's largest active volcano.

The stamp was issued in February 2004, in a series of "women in art". This one is from "Courtesans," a painting by 15th century Venetian artist Vittore Carpaccio.

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