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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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  • One of the most beautiful remnants of ancient Rome located in pozzuoli! The ancient Puteoli! It was great to hear the guide who has exposed the story of this great monument! Recommend visiting at all!
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  • Nice property but, as the title, abandoned to itself. All cordoned off and dirty. Staff friendly and helpful.
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  • It is very nice and beautifully preserved, but also a bit overlooked at some points. In the basement then it impressed the amount of artifacts "stacked" ...
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  • We absolutely loved this hidden gem, we saw many Amphitheaters in this trip, but this is the only one where we were able to really experience how it used to be, you can freely walk around on all levels and it is really well maintained and not crowded by tour buses.
  • This place is not a must but always nice to see. You can walk in the underground which is pretty nice
  • Much much better than the highly vaunted coliseum because it affords you the privilege of exploring the ruins at much less the cost with much higher freedom.
  • Amazing place to explore and learn. Different from Coliseum in Rome, you can wander around the whole thing without being bother. Really hope the government will put more effort in the upkeep of this Anfiteatro.
  • Closed on Tuesdays. Of course! July 2016, We found ourselves nearby in our rental car and decided to see the teatro de flavio. It was an adventure because our maps weren't cooperating, but after stopping for directions (HAHA) and finally arriving, when we drove around we were impressed, despite the closed status and it was completely gated. We will save it foranother trip. I saw a documentary on it and it looks a lot better and more friendly than the tourist - congested Roma Colloseo.