Amphitheater of Capua (Anfiteatro Campano o Capuano)
Roman history buffs love exploring the remains of the ancient amphitheater, believed to have been home to the Romans’ first and most prestigious gladiator school. Go with a guide to learn all about the structure’s history and lore.
Alternatively, visit as part of a tour of all the ancient sites of Santa Maria Capua Vetere, including the Mithraeum, the Gladiator Museum, and Museo Campano. Some tours combine archaeology with gastronomy, pairing a visit to the Roman ruins and a mozzarella tasting at a local producer.
Things to Know Before You Go
Kids (and adults) who are fascinated by the ancient gladiators will especially enjoy touring the imposing amphitheater.
Take a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water when visiting.
The site isn’t accessible to wheelchairs.
How to Get There
Located in Santa Maria Capua Vetere, just outside Caserta, the amphitheater is best reached by car. For a hassle-free experience, join a guided tour that includes transportation from Naples or Caserta.
When to Get There
Like all outdoor archaeological sites in Italy, the amphitheater is best visited on a mild, clear day to avoid the high temperatures in summer and cold rain in spring and fall. The site is closed on Monday.
The Architecture of the Amphitheater of Capua
The outdoor stadium could hold up to 60,000 spectators in its four tiers of seats towering almost 150 feet (44 meters) high, and its design is said to have inspired that of the Colosseum, both in architecture and engineering. Used primarily for gladiator spectacles and public ceremonies, the amphitheater was sometimes staged with props and animals. Many of the original elements, such as carved ornamental stone blocks, are displayed in the city’s museum.