The Campanian Amphitheater
Translated Jeff Matthews
Tipology: Archaeological site
Description: The Campanian Amphitheater of Santa Maria Capua Vetere is the second largest amphitheater in Italy, after the Colosseum in Rome. The amphitheater in Capua Vetere measures 165 meters on the long axis and 135 m on the shorter one, measured at the ground level of the arena, itself. It was built at the end of the first century AD and the beginning of the second. Like many ancient Roman monuments, the amphitheater was stripped of its trappings in the 11-and 1200s (under the period of the Hohenstaufen Dynasty) and the structure was used as a quarry to provide stone for urban buildings. The underground sections, however, are relatively well-preserved and are worth visiting. There are, as well, a number of canals for the distribution of water to a pool and a large cistern; these may not be entered but can be seen from above.
City: Santa Maria Capua Vetere (CE)
Coordinates: UTM WGS 84: 33 T 437023 4548366
Address: Piazza I Ottobre
Postal code: 81055
Telephone: (039) 0823 798864
Tickets: € 2.50 regular - € 1.25 reduced (besides the amphitheater, the ticket is also good for admission to
the Archaeological Museum of old Capua, the Gladiators' Museum and the underground Mithraeum).
For more information: the website of CIR Campania Beni Culturali