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Milan's Roman Amphitheatre (Anfiteatro Romano), Milan

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The Milan amphitheatre was a Roman amphitheatre in the ancient city of Mediolanum, the modern Milan in northern Italy.HistoryThe amphitheatre was built near the Porta Ticinese in the 2nd-3rd centuries AD when Mediolanum grew as economical and political importance while Rome declined. It remained in use until the city was one of the capitals of the Western Roman Empire . Later it was abandoned after Christianity imposed an end to arena games, but also as, in the wake of the imperial crisis, animals to be used in the amphitheatre were no longer imported. It became a quarry for construction stones as early as the 4th century AD, when the Basilica of San Lorenzo was built.The edifice was demolished during a Barbarian attack on Milan, as it was located outside the walls and could therefore be used as stronghold by the attackers. The date of the event is uncertain, however: it could be 402, during the Visigothic invasion of Italy, or in 452, when northern Italy was ravaged by Attila, or during the Gothic Wars .StructureThe scanty remains of the amphitheatre have, however, allowed the archaeologists to calculate that it was long and wide. The arena measured 71x.
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  • On a beautiful sunny day is ideal to see, something absolutely unusual for the city of Milan.
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  • Despite working in this area for 10 years, never realise the existence of an ancient Roman Amphitheater in de Amicis Street. Sure why not visible from the outside. You must enter from a door anonymous mail on the road and, finally, you have the vision of this very large space of which, however, are really only a few ruins and a lovely Park.
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  • I would say almost difficult to attain or better to find, but a good find, although there is a lot to fix it to make it more accessible to the public.
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  • Nice place, and free entrance! The info panels are a bit too detailed and boring, so I recommend doing your own research. There's not too much to see, but you can still grasp the size of the original building by what's left!
  • No way to see that place. Disapointed
  • Beautiful park tucked away in Milan, great on the Sundays in spring. The entrance is the door of a building, but entering the courtyard we find ourselves in a nice Park with the remains of one of the landmarks of the ancient Mediolanum. Explanatory signs give great information for fans.
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  • On a beautiful sunny day is ideal to see, something absolutely unusual for the city of Milan.
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  • A corner of Milan to enhance beautiful new Museum
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