Art and Culture

Flavian Amphitheatre in Pozzuoli - Naples


The Amphitheatre of Flavian is the third biggest of the Roman world, after those of Rome and Capua.
Such grandeur testifies to the extraordinary technical skills achieved by the ancients.
It was located at a crossroads which linked Naples, Capua and Cuma.
Capable of holding up to 40.000 spectators, it's three levels were furnished with four main entrances and twelve secondary entrances.
As well as being an entertainment provision, the Amphitheatre was also a centre of urban life.
Under the external arches of the structure there existed a range of localities dedicated to cults, professional and other groups, all indicated by inscriptions on the stone.
It is particularly rewarding to visit the subterranean complex which gives a good idea of the sort of services and general organisation that must have been required for the functioning of the Amphitheatre.
It was also in this arena that some of the first Christian martyrs died.
According to tradition, in 305 a.D. this was the first place where Saint Gennaro and his companions were tortured and condemned to death; the sentence was then carried out in the Solfatara.
In memory of the Saint a Church was built in 1689.
As result of the excavations of the Amphitheatre the Church was dismantelled and subsequentely replaced by a small chapel which can still be visited.
Towards the end of the ancient period the structure was abandoned and partly buried under earth and ash following the eruption of Solfatara.
In the medieval period, stripped of its decorative sculptures and scavenged for blocks of stone, it was the site of farms and vineyards.

Address
Pozzuoli, Via Terracciano 75 (Naples)

Times
All days from 9.00 to one hour before sunset
1 January, 1 May and 25 December closed

Prices
EUR 4,00 Adults
EUR 2,00 for European Union members between 18 and 25 years old
(valid 2 days for 4 sities: Archaeological Museum of the Phlegraean Fields in Baia, Archaeological Park of Baia, Flavian Amphitheatre, Temple of Serapis - Serapeo - in Pozzuoli and Archaeological Ruins of Cuma)
Free Entrance for European Union members under 18 and over 65 years old
Free Entrance with Campania Artecard
Ticket office close one hour before

Additional Notes
The Amphitheatre of Flavian is a sites of CAMPANIA ARTECARD circuit

How you can get there from the Hotel
From the Piazza Amedeo Station take line 2 on the subway, in the direction of Pozzuoli, and get off in Pozzuoli stop (seventh stop).

DAILY EXCURSIONS - GUIDED TOURS
Excursion of Flavian Amphitheatre is included in itinerary of Phlegraean Fields excursion available and organized by the Hotel.
In order to know all excursion details of Phlegraean Fields kindly click the link below

Flavian Amphitheatre Excursion


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