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Teatro di Marcello

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Teatro di Marcello

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KatrinaMolini wrote a review Oct 2020
Corciano, Italy7,301 contributions6,770 helpful votes
Initially, featuring a diameter of 111 m, Teatro di Marcello was considered the largest and an extremely essential theater in ancient Rome. Originally, the theater had a seating capacity of 11,000-20,000 spectators. Still in good condition it’s a beautiful sight worth going out of your way for.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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dapper777 wrote a review Aug 2020
Monaco26,048 contributions2,556 helpful votes
It is the only theater of the three ones of ancient Rome preserved and still standing. It was started by Julius Caesar in the southern area of the Campo Marzio between the Tiber river and the Capitoline Hill and completed in 11 BC by Augustus who dedicated it to his nephew Marcellus, son of his sister Octavia. It was inaugurated in 13 BC. It has two orders of Doric and Ionic arches and it was taken as a model for the construction of the Colosseum. The exterior is in travertine, with 41 arches framed by pillars. Only the first two floors, of Doric and Ionic order, are preserved. The original height was around 32 meters and could hold over 15,000 spectators. Restored by Vespasianus and Severus Alexander, it was still in operation in the 4th century. Given its high position relative to the Tiber, in the Middle Ages it was turned into a fortress owned by the families of the Pierleoni and the Fabi. It was transformed later into a palace in the 16th century by the Savelli family which commissioned the work to Baldassarre Peruzzi. The still existing palace, built in the sixteenth century by Baldassarre Peruzzi on behalf of the Savelli, was purchased two centuries later by the Orsini. The lower part, corresponding to the Roman structures, was acquired in the 1930s by the City of Rome, which excavated and restored it after a radical operation of reclamation and requalification of the area. Wonderful at the sunset.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Laura wrote a review Aug 2020
Lithuania26 contributions19 helpful votes
We searched something to have an Italian evening experience and found Concerti del Tempietto. It started with a short guided tour to Teatro di Marcello and ended with a magical piano concert surounded by old buildings, blue sky, birds and piano sounds! It was truly a magical experience! Our guide was very excited to explain everything in details, even when we were only two english speaking people in the group. We are very thankful for a great guideded tour!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Malgorzata wrote a review Apr 2020
8,781 contributions858 helpful votes
Theatre of Marcellus is an ancient Roman theatre erected in the 1st century BC in the southern part of the Martian Field in Rome. The place for this object was already designated by Julius Caesar, his murder in 44 BCE. however, it interrupted the work . Octavian Augustus resumed them, dedicating the building to his prematurely deceased in 23 BCE. nephew Marcus Claudius Marcellus. The free-standing stone structure could hold approximately 13,000 spectators . The facade of the auditorium consisted of three floors with rows of arcades in the order - Tuscan, Ionic and Corinthian . The theater was destroyed at the end of antiquity. In the 12th century, the remains of the building were incorporated into the fortress built here. Only the two-story fragment of the auditorium wall has survived to the present day, integrated into the building of the Savelli Palace erected in 1523-1527 according to the design by Baldassare Peruzzi . At first glance, it is confusingly similar to Colosseum, that's why commonly called the "Colosseum in miniature". Absolutely to visit.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Swell Traveller wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia3,620 contributions310 helpful votes
End October 2019 After visiting The Mouth of Truth, checking out the 2 temples Hercules Victor & Portuno we came upon this amphitheatre. In the summer they house concerts here. My friend went to the cafe next door while I checked this place out. The theatre really resembles a small Colosseum. I remember driving past this in 2012, but never getting to see it. Was happy to stumble upon it on our last day in Rome. Take your time walking through this area as there are other ruins - you pass broken columns on the ground, some still standing and small temples or parts of structures. There weren't many tourists around making it quite pleasant to investigate, read the signs [English & Italian] and take some photos. If you keep walking you will end up at the bottom of the Palatine ruins and the side of the war memorial with the horse and chariots on the top. Also near the hop on and off bus stop. Worth a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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