Museo dei Gladiatori
SANTA MARIA CAPUA VETERE
c/o Anfiteatro CampanoIT

The surviving decorations from the amphitheatre of ancient Capua.


Transport. How to reach the site

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

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    trenitalia

    Linea: Napoli Centrale - Caserta - Caserta

    Linea: Napoli - Santa Maria Capua Vetere - Caserta Centrale

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The museum has casts of two helmets, a pair of shin guards and a shoulder plate: a selection of the numerous gladiatorial weapons found in Pompeii in the Quadriporticus of the Theatres. The Pompeian building, which was used as a barracks for the gladiators, has in fact restored to us two wooden chests containing remains of sumptuous garments embroidered in gold and a collection of bronze parade weapons: helmets, shin guards, shields, lances and daggers, richly decorated in relief and now kept at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Finally, a three-dimensional model represents a fight between gladiators and wild beasts: visitors will be able to recognise the ‘retiarius’ with his net and trident, the ‘secutor’ with helmet and short sword, the Thracian with a griffin on his helmet and a curved sword (‘sica’), and the ‘venator’, who is facing up to a lion.

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