Anfiteatro Flavio, Campi Flegrei.

Anfiteatro Flavio

Bay of Naples

Back in its ancient heyday, Italy's third-largest amphitheatre – desired by Nero, and completed by Vespasian from AD 69 to 79 – could hold over 20,000 spectators and was occasionally flooded for mock naval battles. Its best-preserved remains lie under the main arena. Wander among the fallen columns and get your head around the complex mechanics involved in hoisting caged wild beasts up to their waiting victims through the overhead 'skylights'.

Admission includes entry to the Museo Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei, Parco Archeologico di Baia and Scavi Archeologici di Cuma; the cumulative ticket is valid for two days.

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