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Address: Piazza Stesicoro, 95100 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0957150508
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About 2 thousands years old, very rare historical monument. Partially buried after the 1693 earthquake, it was a very big amphitheater, similar but smaller to the Colosseum in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
Alessandro B
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Catania, Italy
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Catania, Italy
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

About 2 thousands years old, very rare historical monument. Partially buried after the 1693 earthquake, it was a very big amphitheater, similar but smaller to the Colosseum in Rome. it is possible to look at it from the street and visit it inside, walking in the several tunnels. At the city centre, so you can visit it when having a... More 

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

It is amazing to see these ruins in the middle of this big city so well preserved. It is a must see if you are an history buff

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

A small but lovely ampitheatre in the heart of Catania. Very well laid out with information clearly displayed in Italian and English. Definitely worth a visit.

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Warsaw, Poland
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42 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

unfortunately the arena is surrounded by buildings at piazza stesicoro, so it is not possible to enjoy the whole picture of this anfiteatro, that surely was dominating this area in the time of its brilliancy ... it is unique, because it was constructed of volcanic rocks, like many other monuments in Catania ..

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is a small slice of Roman amphitheatre. Belatedly, the archaeologists have also tried to provide explanation of the way 17-19th century buildings were composed on top of and alongside the site.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

There is no fee to enter this site, although it is quite small so it will not take you long to walk around as most of the nearby buildings are covering the remains. However, I really enjoyed walking around the amphitheatre regardless of the size. I did notice a lot of cats living down there (Is this to prevent rats?... More 

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Amesbury, United Kingdom
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The ruins cant be missed in the Piazza Stesicoro and thankfully all of the ruins can be seen from the Piazza without paying the admission fee to go down amongst the ruins to join the local cats & dogs. The remaining ruins are impressive but you cant help wonder how impressive they must have been before the Piazza & surrounding... More 

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Island of Malta, Malta
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

such beautiful ruins... dated around 2nd Century BC. Unfortunately this is only a small part of the massive structure as in its time it could seat 16000 / 17000 people and it was the 2nd largest after the Colosseum in Rome. It is surely worth a look even from the street, but you can also go down a few steps... More 

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IJsselstein, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Archeologically very interesting, but mainly buried beneath more modern buildings and busy streets. The buildings themselves are monuments so I understand that only part of the theatre has been exposed.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The are surrounded by main roads on all side and are worth a look if your in the area. It's very close to the main shopping areas and if you're there it's a nice way to spend a while. It's free in and nice to wander and take some photos.

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