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Roman Amphitheatre

Roman Amphitheatre
3rd century A.C.

via San Francesco - via dell'Anfiteatro

The amphitheatre can be seen only by outside. The local museum and the Architectural Service of the Region Lazio are still taking a decision on guided visits

It can be reached on foot or by car from the town's historical centre. The nearest parking area is in Piazza Sabatini, at a distance of about 400 m; this is closed on Thursday from 5:00 am to 16:00 pm.

Accessibility for Handicapped
Accessible with somebody's help

Tourist signs
Along the streets and in the historical centre there are road signs. On site there is an explanatory board

Assistenza visite guidate
all'interno solo visite guidate in lingua italiana ed inglese

Guides and booklets can be bought in the local museum
Roman Amphitheatre
The amphitheatre which towers over the town, was probably built in the 3rd century A.C. to satisfy the soldiers of the legion. One of its side was dug in the natural bank of peperino rock and the other one was built on a semicircular substructure with 14 great niches. It could host more than 10.000 spectators and through two main entrances (vomitoria) it was possible to have direct access to the arena.

This structure shows several irregularities and carelessness because even though the construction works were directed by the praefecti fabrum - a sort of experts, engineers in charge of defining the encampment's order, its borders and its buildings - they were carried on by the soldiers.

Several building's techniques were adopted: opus quadratum, i.e. parallelepiped bricks to form a dry-wall; opus tufaceum, i.e. peperino bricks sometimes with a layer made of bipedalis (bricks with a side measuring two Roman feet) at the arches' springer; opus listatum; i.e. layers made of peperino bricks alternated with other types of bricks; opus mixtum, i.e. a wall made of blocks alternated with brickworks each three or four feet; and opus testaceum, i.e. walls, semi-pillars and arches made of brickworks.

At the centre of the "cavea” there was the emperor podium (pulvinar). One of the secondary entrances was transformed in a small church during the Middle Ages. This amphitheatre because of its size is one of the greatest monuments in the surroundings of Rome

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