Like so many Greek settlements in Sicily, Tindari is beautifully situated on a headland with sweeping views across the sea to the Aeolian Islands. This view can best be appreciated from the top of the amphitheater. It was built by the Greeks but outfitted for gladiatorial spectacles by the Romans, who conquered the town in 254BC, barely 150 years after it was founded. A number of Roman houses also still stand, and several retain their colorful mosaic flooring. Tindari, which is about 120km (72miles) east of Cefalù, is also famous for its Madonna Nera (Black Madonna), a Byzantyne statue that is much venerated for its miraculous powers. The statue is housed in a huge church erected to accommodate the crowds that make a pilgrimage here, especially on 8 September, the Black Madonna’s feast day.