Roman Amphitheatre

Trieste, Italy

The Teatro Romano in Trieste was built in the first century BC and expanded in the second century AD. It had seats for from 3,500 to 6,000 visitors. It was probably built by the Trieste Quinto Petronio Modesto , prosecutor Emperor Trajan.

Over the centuries, the theater was left under the houses that were built above. Considered lost, it was identified in 1814 and unearthed in 1938 during the demolition of this part of the old city. The statues and inscriptions found in the excavations are kept in the San Guisto Castle.

Nowadays Teatro Romano is still occasionally used for outdoor summer shows.


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FYI this is not an amphitheater because it is not in the round. It is simply a theater.


Founded: 100-0 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy


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User Reviews

Michael Bean (13 months ago)
Very cool to see something so old and so well preserved. I would have loved to be able to enter and explore more, but I understand why you have to view from outside. Very cool history.
Roger Seganti (2 years ago)
Nice Roman Theater, in the center of Trieste.
Dan Curlis (2 years ago)
Very impressive and fairly well preserved. View from street. Definitely worth visiting.
Richard T.Whybrow (2 years ago)
Impressive ancient Roman ruins that has been carefully wardened off and preserved. The ruins are right on the edge of the main street and can be easily accessed for good viewing.
Ja T (2 years ago)
Very nice, but competents should try harder to keep it nicely maintained.
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