Capua Amphitheater June 25, 2009 / Art & ArchaeologyS.Maria Capua Vetere Italian schoolchildren learn that the “fleshpots of Capua” defeated Hannibal because the opulent lifestyle in the city made the Carthaginians soft. The affluent Capuans left behind an amphitheater that today is the second largest in Italy next to the Roman Coliseum. The amphitheater once held up to 60,000 spectators and admitted both men and women for free, making the games extremely popular. The famed Spartacus first distinguished himself here and Capua boasted the best gladiator schools. The visitor can roam the field, the vaulted corridors, and the underground tunnels that stored elaborate stage machinery and exotic caged animals. The Gladiator museum pays tribute to those who fought… and to those who died here. Secret tip: At the entrance gate, ask to see the underground Mithraeum (Temple of Mithras) too. Someone will fetch the key and open up for you. by Barbara Zaragoza Barbara is author of several books, including “The Espresso Break: Tours and Nooks of Naples, Italy and Beyond” available on Amazon.com in print as well as Kindle versions. Bonnie Alberts, Penny Ewles-Bergeron and Barbara have teamed up to create a new Naples travel guide, the Napoli Unplugged Guide to Naples. See all their articles at napoliunplugged.com or order the book at partenopepress.com. 2 Responses to “Capua Amphitheater” Salina June 25, 2009 Loved this and then read all of your blog, Barbara. I cannot find your brief biography listed in “Contributors”, however. (I lived up above the Solfatera for a couple of years, loved going to the fish market, loved the people, the pizza, and the gelato. I miss Pozzuoli and Italy very much). Reply louise June 25, 2009 This country never ceases to amaze! Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Comment Related Notes Pope Paul III Loved Piegaro, But Hated Perugia Framing Palladio: Ponte degli Alpini Sculpting Space Cosmopoli?