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Amphitheater, Pompeii: 25 reviews and 46 photos


The 20,000 capacity Amphitheatre in Pompeii is definately one of the must-see's during your visit. Standing in the middle of the arena, you can almost taste the blood and sweat of the competetors, and when you walk through the tunnels its impossible not to imagine the gladiators taking what could very well have been their last ever journey.

It is the oldest surviving Roman Amphitheatre, and was the first to be built out of stone. The next Amphitheatre to be built out of stone would be the Colleseum, over a hundred years later.

Two of the interesting events in its history; one occured in AD59, when a deadly brawl kicked off between Pompeiian locals and visitors from Nuceria. This resulted in the games being banned for ten years.

The other notable event occured much more recently when, in 1971, Pink Floyd performed there for their DVD Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii.

Address: Reg II, Ins 6
Directions: The Amphitheatre is located towards the very end of the Via Dell'Abbondanza. After you pass the final block of buildings (Ref II, Ins 4), turn right and you will be faced with the Amphitheatre.
Website: http://www.pompeiisites.org/index.jsp?idProgetto=2

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 25, 2010
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