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Amphitheatre of Pompeii is the oldest Roman amphitheatre which is survive. This was predicted to be built on 70 BC and from the history it was constructed by private expense of C. Quintius Valgus and M Procius, two of Sulla's commanders. It is the first Roman amphitheatre to be made from stone, previous amphitheatres was made of wood. Located in the south eastern corner of the city, luckily this site survived the eruption of the Vesuvius almost intact. From the design Amphitheatre of Pompeii is very simple and showing the earliest style of amphitheatre. It is offers seating capacity about 20,000 with measures 135m long and 104 m wide, and it is one of important place at the era. The arena was designed for all social classes as the portrait of the universal popularity of the games. People were divided into three areas to accommodate three distinct social groups of audience from the city and its outlying regions such as the ima, media and summa cavea. At the time audience who came to see the gladiator contest is not only from Pompeii but also from the surrounding towns came to watch. Although in 59 AD the gladiator contest was ban for 10-year after a brawl amongst the Pompeian audience and people of Nuceria. As time goes by, this place is not only being a historical landmark and an object of archaeological study, but the things to do if you visit in nowadays you can see concerts and other public events that held in Amphitheatre of Pompeii.
Amphitheatre of Pompeii Visit and Tours
The Amphitheatre of Pompeii is one of the earliest permanent amphitheatre extant. This is known as earliest permanent stone amphitheatre in Italy and the rest of the Roman world, because previously it has been built out of wood. It was constructed of stone, 445 by 341 feet and seated 20,000 spectators. Amphitheatre is building of round with a central area and, the arena and seats placed around it. This amphitheatre that was built in 70 BC is also has the washroom in the neighboring pelaestra and also cited as inspiration bathroom design in modern stadiums.
In 1972 the Pink Floyd one of British rock band released their concert documentary film which the location of the concert is in Amphitheatre of Pompeii and was filmed aver four days in October 1971. There is no audience in the film set, they only played live to the camera crew. Since after the era of games in amphitheatre, the Pink Floyd is the first live performance to audience at the Amphitheatre of Pompeii in which the concert was held in 2016. The things to do when you are getting around the building you should see the memorabilia of the 1971 concert and sometimes the song of Pink Floyd is played continuous at the Amphitheatre of Pompeii.
Explore the arena of gladiator games around the building. This area had underground sections which function to store the animals etc. Here you can walk through the huge entrance of animals, when you walk you will be following the footsteps of elephants, tigers and other kinds of animals. Sometimes they were held naval battles in the arena by using canals system that flood the arena floor. You can feel the sensations of the gladiator games and imagine how thrilling the arena was in the era.
How to Get Tickets?
To visit the amphitheatre you must get the tickets first to get access to the ancient city. You can purchase the tickets at the site and you can book tickets via website.
How To Get Around?
Walking around is a good way to get around and explore the Roman architecture in Amphitheatre of Pompeii.
What Should I Wear?
When you are visiting the amphitheatre, the things to do is you should wear your comfortable outfits. Wear you sandals or sneakers and you use your sunscreen to potect your skins.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit the Amphitheatre of Pompeii in all seasons, but if you want to get around in mild days you can visit it during the spring season.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you can explore the Amphithetre of Pompeii by yourself and you can get information that you need on internet.
How To Get There?
There is a public transportation that runs between the main entrance of Pompeii. You can find public bus at the amphitheatre and other transportations such as train and taxi. Please note at the last operational bus there is packed as a lot of people and the things to do is you should get to your seats early.
It is open every day except 25th December, 1st January and 1st May.