What is the Roman amphitheater of Arezzo?
Arezzo’s Roman amphitheater is a Roman-era structure located in the southern part of the city center.
The ancient Aretines, at that time Romans of Etruscan blood, built the building in a period from the last years of the first century to the first half of the second century, and it is therefore placed in the Hadrianic age (117 – 138 AD)
The amphitheater was the site of gladiatorial shows and games that up to 10000 spectators could attend.
Historians and archaeologists first explored the structure between 1914 and 1915. However, the authorities of the time had to stop the excavation work due to the outbreak and development of World War I.
The public administration then resumed work in 1926, but it was not until the 1950s–at the end of the nefarious experiences that led to a second world war–that those in charge of the work finally unearthed the amphitheater in its entirety, completing the work with a series of major restorations .
Where is the Roman Amphitheater of Arezzo
The Roman amphitheater is located in the southern part of downtown Arezzo, on the slopes of the hills that house the heart of the old town. You can access the amphitheater and the Arezzo Archaeological Museum “Gaius Cilnius Maecenas” from Via Margaritone . Via Margaritone is located in the southern part of Arezzo’s historic center. The street can be reached by walking down Via di Corso Italia from the Duomo, very close to our B&B Antiche Mura.
A second entrance to the amphitheater park is on Via Crispi: just proceed to the left once you get off coming from the Cathedral.
The structure of Arezzo’s Roman amphitheater
Restorers have succeeded in restoring the building to an appearance very faithful to its original form . The main building is a large elliptical structure (71.9 by 42.7 meters) in the center of which is the largest arena.
The amphitheater is only slightly smaller than Rome’s more famous Colosseum (77 by 46.6 meters), and is surrounded by a 24.7-meter-thick wall strip.
The ancient arena has suffered several pillages over the years. Over the centuries, the structure has been affected by the succession of historical events, so much so that some have exploited some of the material of which it was made to construct new buildings.
A prime example is the Monastery of St. Bernard, built in the 16th century and now home to theArchaeological Museum of Arezzo .
The Archeological Museum of Arezzo “Gaius Cilnio Maecenas”
The “Gaius Cilnius Maecenas” Museum was officially born in 1936 . The rooms were to be found inside the medieval Monastery of St. Bernard. This monastery, dating back to the second half of the 1300s, is now a building that stands next to the remains of the amphitheater.
The “Public Museum – dating back to 1823 – preceded the institution and officially became a state museum in 1973.
The institution over the years has seen a great increase in the historical and cultural value of the artifacts it holds. The acquisition of various private collections and the contributions of archaeological excavations in the city and the Arezzo area have been crucial.
The Treasures of the Museum
In fact, the museum houses within it exhibits that allow us to trace the entire history of Arezzo , from its foundation in the Etruscan age and its belonging to the famous Dodecapolis to the Roman age.
Inside the halls you will find treasures that include prehistoric artifacts, collections that belonged to illustrious citizens such as the Bacci, Gamurrini or Ceccatelli families, to finds from the necropolis of the Arezzo territory.
The facility also houses the world’s most important collection of Aretine terra sigillata vases, known in ancient times as “Arretina Vasa” and considered very valuable at the time.
Visiting the Archaeological Museum
The museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with the last admission allowed at 6:30 p.m.
As for holidays and for the first and last Sundays of the month, the museum is scheduled to open between 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., with last admission at 6:30 p.m.
The amphitheater is open to the public during the same hours and can be visited until sunset.
The Roman Amphitheater of Arezzo: a walk from Antiche Mura
In the heart of the historic center of Arezzo, amidst architectural wonders and historical relics, the ancient splendor of the Roman amphitheater emerges.
This masterpiece of Roman history, with its magnificent structure and fascinating past, is one of the main must-see attractions for anyone visiting the city. If you are wondering what to see in Arezzo, the Roman amphitheater is definitely at the top of the list.
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