Roman Amphitheatre

Lecce, Italy

The Roman amphitheatre of Lecce dates back to the second century AD and the time of Emperor Hadrian's rule. Featuring an elliptical layout, it's partly buried and partly supported by arcades resting on tuff columns. The amphitheatre of ancient Lupiae lies on what once were the eastern outskirts of the Roman city of Augustan Age, and was capable of seating a max. of 14.000 spectators, arranged in two tiers of seats, of which only the lower one still remains.

Particularly interesting are the fragments of friezes unearthed during excavations and the Latin inscriptions, which are to be found in the gallery dug into the rocks surrounding the arena.

Recommended to the visitor, are the groups of historiated capitals and some bas-reliefs depicting scenes of venationes. In the nearby of the amphitheatre, today an elegant culture venue hosting shows and concerts, there's a pre-Roman necropolis, where  Messapian inscriptions have been found.

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Via Vito Fazzi 11, Lecce, Italy
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Founded: 2nd century AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Christine M. (8 months ago)
Historical place in the city center of Lecce. Easy to find. It is under renovation at this moment. Very old ancient tourism spot that is always full of tourists. Taking photographs need a bit patient. Recommendation of visit is during the weekend (Sunday) as it is quieter than weekdays.
Dejan Braki (8 months ago)
I've visited dozens of Greek and Roman amphitheaters all over their ex Empires territories throughout Europe and Middle East, however this is the first (and probably only) semi-amphitheater. The layout is very interesting and unusual as there's only one half visible, which was excavated in 1930's. The other half will probably never be excavated as it's beneath the central square residential area. It is one of few free attractions in Lecce - the site is entirely visible from the street and from the tourist office beside
Giancarlo Rizzo (9 months ago)
So hot day today is a pleasant place to stay with friends or anyone to share the joy of the squear and the many places to eat the local food, pasticciotto or a nice icecream.
Andi Howkins (12 months ago)
Lecce was a beautiful little city, lots of nice architecture, hampered slightly for us due to renovation work happening, once its complete I am sure that it will be charming again, we did have sushi in lecce which was a lovely change of pace from pasta and pizza! The amphitheater itself is quite small but lots of other little things to do too while you are there!
Georgia Gallou (14 months ago)
It is certainly impressive and well-maintained. The part visible to the visitor is less than half, as the rest remains buried under other buildings in the square. It is thought that it could accommodate 12,000 – 14,000 It is located in the center of the city, Piazza di Sant’Oronzo. It was discovered in 1901. It dates from the time of Emperor Hadrian.
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