Anfiteatro Campano
SANTA MARIA CAPUA VETERE
Piazza AdrianoIT

The second largest amphitheatre after the Colosseum


Transport. How to reach the site

Trenitalia train, S. Maria Capua Vetere station stop, 15 min. on foot from the station

  • trenitalia

    trenitalia

    Linea: Napoli - Santa Maria Capua Vetere - Santa Maria Capua Vetere

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Inside the arena there are a number of trap doors. As they explore the amphitheatre, visitors will find it interesting to track these down and work out what they were used for at the time. Thanks to the help of special pulleys and winches, these holes were used to haul up scenographic elements into the cavea (trees, columns, boulders, decorative objects), which served as ‘sets’ for performances. They were also used to bring up the cages holding wild beasts when these were needed in the show. The trap doors were closed with wooden boards that moved on a groove.
The Antiquarium materials found inside the amphitheatre are now exhibited in the Museo Archeologico dell’antica Capua. The most important finds include: two Roman tombs, decorative fragments and votive, decorated terracotta inscriptions, tuff sculptures, vases and amphorae from various periods.
It is also worth seeing the Graeco- Roman sculptures, small statues of Aphrodite and Hermes, female headless statues, such as the one of Artemis dating back to the Hellenistic period, Roman portraits of the Republican and Imperial age (including those of Marcus Aurelius and Septimius Severus), decorative reliefs of the amphitheatre, and small mosaic pictures.

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