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Roman Amphitheater
Vacation Travel Guide

This well-preserved ancient structure in Sicily transports you back to the days of the Roman Empire.

Stand on the stage of the Roman Amphitheater and imagine the arena filled with thousands of locals cheering gladiators, laughing at a play or enjoying a musical performance. Explore the hidden corridors and see ruins of viaducts, a marble orchestra pit and more.

Start your visit to the Roman Amphitheater with a walk through the ghostly underground tunnels. These have stood here since approximately 500 B.C. Two separate excavations in 1904 and 1906 have left many of the paths cleared, but be sure to wear a good pair of walking shoes in order to navigate the uneven floor and cobbled stairs. Bring a small flashlight for help finding your way through the dark passageways.

Back in the sun, stand in the performance area where gladiators once fought to entertain the public and imagine the noise that would have filled the stadium. Look around and you’ll see the remains of viaducts that brought in water from nearby rivers. This allowed performers to recreate battles at sea.

Walk up into the main stand to peer down onto the marble orchestra pit. Here, Roman musicians would have played, perhaps entertaining the crowds before the beginning of a gladiatorial battle.

Climb to the top of the stands to truly appreciate the colossal size of the amphitheater. Only part of the total audience area remains but the amphitheater could once hold more than 16,000 spectators. In terms of size it is second only to the great coliseum of Rome as an ancient stadium.

The Roman Amphitheater is located on the west side of the Piazza Stesicoro in central Cantania. It is surrounded by stunning 17th-century apartments, some now housing delightful cafés and small restaurants. Admission to the amphitheater is free and it is open all day. Contact the local tourism board to arrange private tours.

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Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
4 out of 5
Via Etnea 218, Catania, CT
The price is $112 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Catania City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Catania Cathedral, Elephant Fountain, and Massimo Bellini Theater. Greek-Roman Theatre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"The location and customer service was great. Gabriele on the reception desk and the nightman were very helpful with directions, providing helpful tips for day trips and quickly dealt with any queries. The breakfast options were a little limited, however the breakfast staff were very attentive."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Quattro Canti Suites
Quattro Canti Suites
Via Antonino Di Sangiuliano, 293, Catania, Sicilia
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $98 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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Quattro Canti Suites
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
Catania, Sicily
The price is $157 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Catania City Centre, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Malavoglia Fountain and Via Etnea. Catania Cathedral and Catania Port are also ...

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Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
4 out of 5
Via Etnea 218, Catania, CT
The price is $112 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
Palace Catania | UNA Esperienze
Quattro Canti Suites
Quattro Canti Suites
Via Antonino Di Sangiuliano, 293, Catania, Sicilia
The price is $98 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
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MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
MiniSuite with Jacuzzi
Catania, Sicily
The price is $157 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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Mercure Catania Excelsior
Mercure Catania Excelsior
4 out of 5
Piazza Giovanni Verga 39, Catania, CT
The price is $86 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21
Mercure Catania Excelsior
AG Home Adragna
AG Home Adragna
Via Spadaccini 16, Catania, Provincia di Catania
The price is $34 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7
AG Home Adragna
Mini apartment in Catania center
Mini apartment in Catania center
Catania, Sicily
The price is $66 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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 B&B Stesicoro - InHabit City Center
B&B Stesicoro - InHabit City Center
3 out of 5
Via Neve 7, Cnr of Piazza Stesicoro & Via Etnea, Catania, CT
The price is $54 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
B&B Stesicoro - InHabit City Center
NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
4 out of 5
Viale Kennedy Loc La Playa, Catania, CT
The price is $108 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6
NH Catania Parco Degli Aragonesi
Stesicoro Exclusive House
Stesicoro Exclusive House
Via Alessandro Manzoni 11, Catania, Provincia di Catania
The price is $81 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
Stesicoro Exclusive House
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