Flavian Amphitheater, Pozzuoli

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The Flavian Amphitheater, located in Pozzuoli, is the third largest Roman amphitheater in Italy. Only the Roman Colosseum and the Capuan Amphitheater are larger. It was likely built by the same architects who previously constructed the Roman Colosseum. The name Flavian Amphitheater is primarily associated with the Roman Colosseum.HistoryIt was begun under the reign of the emperor Vespasian and probably finished under the reign of his son Titus. The arena can hold up to 20,000 spectators. The interior is mostly intact and one can still see parts of gears which were used to lift cages up to the arena floor.In 305, the arena was the setting for the persecutions of the patron of Pozzuoli, Saint Proculus, and the patron saint of Naples, Saint Januarius. After surviving being thrown to the wild beasts in the arena, the two were beheaded at the nearby Solfatara.The elliptical structure measures 147 x 117 meters (482 x 384 feet), with the arena floor measuring 72.22 x 42.33 meters (237 x 139 feet).The Flavian Amphitheater is the second of two Roman amphitheaters built in Pozzuoli. The smaller and older amphitheater (Anfiteatro minore) has been almost totally destroyed by the construction of the Rome to Naples railway line. Only a dozen arches of this earlier work still exist. This lesser amphitheater measured 130 x 95 meters (427 x 312 feet).
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  • You can visit the basement of the Amphitheater, it's interesting to see! Indeed they cannot do in the Colosseum
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  • Once seen the Colosseum of Rome seems to be seen, because it is not so. Pozzuoli is the best-preserved Amphitheater in Italy. You only have to delve through its galleries to appreciate how you managed them the Romans up beasts Gladiators etc. It is a pity that do not give it to know more, since it is off the beaten track. Once you animes to visit question in the office of ticket by pools of Pozzuoli, is an old water cistern (the largest built) that you can visit arranging a visit, it's very funny.
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  • The amphitheatre is easily found from the metro station and the entrance fee is low. There are toilets to use on site. The main arena is not that impressive but when you go underground to see where th...  more »
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  • A must see especially if you have kids . Great place to wonder round above and below you can not help but feel that you have fallen back in time when you are beneath the main Amphitheater .and marvel at the Roman architecture and engineering that made the whole place work. O and take note a lot of museum's and Art galleries close on Tuesdays as they open all weekend so be sure to check before if you don't want to be disappointed.if you have no interest in really intresting ancient history I recommend you stick to the restaurants and bars.
  • Information on entry suggests it's one of the best-preserved amphitheaters. Well - if this is the best one, I'm afraid in what state other objects of such kind are. Basically, only accessible areas are underground and the main arena. Recommended only for people highly interested in ancient history.
  • Very big complete interior and underground very quite area no tourists hardly admission 4 euro
  • Pretty cool place. Worth a visit if in the area
  • Very interesting site. Not very frequented.

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