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.