Roman entertainment is a combination of several combats, blood sport and the more realistic sort of violence. Whenever we think of Romans generals like Caesar comes to mind. Amphitheaters are usually oval, circular and open air venues with raised seating. Amphitheaters are used for gladiator combats and executions. Amphitheaters became an integral part to describe Roman urban landscape in Imperial Era. It is said that first Roman amphitheaters were actually built in 1 century BC that too with the help of wood and by joining two halves so that if makes a circular shape. There are about 230 amphitheaters found in Roman Empire and below is the list of some famous and ancient amphitheaters, you too can explore its beauty with EaseMyTrip.com.
It is the most popular, largest and magnificent amphitheater in the Roman world and its construction was started in 72 AD and finished by 80 AD; it was started by Vespasian of Flavian dynasty and completed by his son Titus. It is located in the center of the city of Rome and built of sand and concrete. It is a must visit place if you are planning your holidays in Italy and is considered as one of the amazing works of engineering and architecture ever. The Colosseum was earlier used animal hunts, gladiatorial contests and dramas and enactments of famous battles. The Colosseum has a capacity to hold approx 65000 audiences and it has 80 entry gates too.
This Roman amphitheater is located in Southern French town of Arles. It was built in 90 AD and is capable of seating of 2000. Now in summer it draws crowds for bullfighting, plays and concert.
Verona Arena is located in Piazza Bra in Verona and it is still used for large scale opera performances. It is one of the amazing ancient structures, but it is well preserved. It has a capacity to hold 30000 people, but only nowadays only 15000 are allowed for some security reasons. Its outer ring is almost destroyed in an earthquake, but is inner part is well preserved. It was built in 30 AD and this amphitheater is continuously been used for shows and gladiator fights during Roman times. This amphitheater still has the amazing aura and it is still a perfect place for opera performances
El Djem is a home to the Roman amphitheater of Thysdrus. The Roman amphitheater of El Djem in Tunisia has the third largest arena in the world and this amphitheater was built in 3rd century AD and is capable of seating of about 35000 spectators. It is now in its ruins, but still it is a famous tourist destination of Tunisia and it is used for filming some scenes of Oscar winning movie Gladiator.
This amphitheater is capable of seating of approx 20000 people. It was built by the same architects who built the Roman colosseum. Unlike the colosseum not many of the seats are well preserved only the subterranean areas are well preserved and in good condition. It is still one of the famous tourist attractions.
It is located in Pula and is considered as a 6th surviving Roman arena and well preserved ancient monuments in Croatia. It has a seating arrangement of about 26000 spectators and was built around the 1st century. In 15th century, many stones of this beautiful amphitheater were taken to build houses and other structures and later this practice was stopped when the whole amphitheater was destroyed; currently several other festivals and performances were organized here in the summers.