Scolacium Archaeological Park

Catanzaro, Italy

The Archaeological park of Scolacium hosts the ruins of the ancient Greek City of Skilletion that became a Roman colony after the war against Hannibal, and assumed the name of Minervia Scolacium. Little remains of the pre-Roman settlement, while the structure of the Roman colony and rests of paved roads and aqueduct, of the thermal plant, the amphitheater and the theater are still visible. The theater lies on a natural hill slope and could seat about 5000 people. It was built during the 1st century AD, and was equipped with a new scene when the new colony was founded by Nerva.

In the same period, the town became a considerable monumental center with developed built-up areas. The theater was subject to successive renewals till the 4th century AD. Most materials discovered during digging campaigns come from the theater and include remarkable architectural fragments and sculpted groups. Close to the theater, rests of the amphitheater were found, whose construction dates back to Nerva times. The Park also hosts the Basilica of Santa Maria di Roccella, founded between the 11th and 12th centuries following the canons of the Romanic art with Byzantine and Arab influences.



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Founded: 1st century AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Giuseppe Antonio Screnci (11 months ago)
Great museum!!
Илья Беляев (2 years ago)
There is a pretty interesting museum on the grounds, unfortunately most information is in Italian so no luck if you don’t know it. Navigating through park during the August was a race from one shadow to another as it’s getting quite hot. If you go up the hill to the amphitheater you will find a nice view on the sea and nearby grounds.
Salvatore Colicchia (2 years ago)
Nature and history. A beautiful place to take some beautiful pictures.
Robert Kawka (2 years ago)
The best arcgeological area in Calabria
Anders “Gestirix” Vaage (3 years ago)
Nice small archeological park. Only 3 EURO to enter per person. Ruins of an old city in the middle of a Olive Grove. There is also a little museum with various artifacts. Out in the ruins there is good info in English about the various buildings. Inside the museum the information is mostly in Italian. There is also an old Olive Oil Mill to check out. Nice place to spend a 1-2 hours.
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