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Via Claudio Monteverdi, 15
Post code I-95131 Catania Sicily Italy
Tel. 0039 (0) 95 7465230 - Fax 0039 (0) 95 7465230

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A great enclosure is today placed in piazza Stesicoro, where monumental finds of one of the biggest Roman Amphitheatre are visitable. The monument is in a very larg area including the present via Penninello , via Neve and the church of San Biaggio.It dates back to the central decades of thesecond century AD. Volcanic material, white marble and red bricks werw used to build the Amphitheatre. The present entrance of the Amphitheatre was built at the beginning of the twentieth century, using columns and architectonic fragments of its finds.

The stairs connect the present level of the piazza to the ancient floor of the AmphitheatreIt included a cavea with 14 terraces divided into three ordes,where spectator sat down. Today, it is possible to visit only the first inner passage with some exit in the arena, where some fragments of the marble decorations are visible.When the Amphitheatre was in such a derelict state, it was used as a quarry to build other monuments.In 1904 and 1905 the architect F. Fichera finished the restoration of the monument, started by the Prince of  Biscari.

Roman Amphitheatre: square Stesicoro. tel. 095/7150405  visit: all days, holidays included h.9,00 -13,30 and h.15,00 - 19,00

Catania Hotel La Ville - Via Monteverdi, 15 - Post code I-95131 - Catania Sicily Italy
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