Teatro di Marcello
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Laura
Lithuania40 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
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!
Written August 1, 2020
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dapper777
Monaco32,269 contributions
Jun 2020 • Friends
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.
Written August 6, 2020
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Swell Traveller
Melbourne, Australia3,769 contributions
Oct 2019
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.
Written February 13, 2020
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy7,487 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
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.
Written October 20, 2020
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,040 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Quite spectacular ruins of an old Roman theatre still in really good condition. It's free to enter and walk around. Apparently in summer season they have shows and events on.
Written February 9, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,640 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
After seeing Rome’s Colosseum, from the exterior, I thought this was a smaller version. But no, this was used as an open-air theatre. Much fewer sightseers were at this location than at many of the others we visited. Well worth visiting.
Written March 5, 2019
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy25,579 contributions
Feb 2013 • Friends
The Theater of Marcellus (Teatro di Marcello) was once an open-air stadium like the Colosseum. It was named after Marcus Marcellus, Emperor Augustus's nephew, and it dates from the year 12 B.C.E. The building was once covered in marble, which was long ago stripped away. In the middle ages it was transformed into a fortress and there are still apartments built into the structure. Next to it stand three columns of the Temple of Apollo, and nearby is the Portico of Octavia. The site is well worth seeing, and is particularly beautiful at night. You may visit the site without charge and it is also interesting to see the artifacts uncovered during excavations which are stored here. If you are strolling through the Jewish Ghetto, you can go through this area to take you to either the Capitoline Hill or the Forum Boarium, depending on which way you turn.
Written March 10, 2013
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Herbert A
Ness Ziona, Israel52 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
We booked online tickets for Roman Nights at the Teatro di Marcello. We expected an opera concert in the theatre itself, but we got a piano concert just outside the theater. I cannot say we didn't enjoy it - the atmosphere was unique and the pianist was great - but it was not what we expected. They change the program very often, and you have to be very careful about what you are booking. Before the concert, a guide talked to us (in italian) about the theatre, but we couldn't actually get inside. Apparently some people live in apartments in the upper part of the theatre, which looks to me rather queer.
Written October 4, 2013
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Tamer H
Bolu, Türkiye259 contributions
Oct 2019
Some people call this site "mini colosseum". I think it is fair; but there is more to see. When you observe the theather beginning from the soil level you see the contributions of various ages to the building till medieval era. It is almost a architecture lesson and completely free. This is often ignored by majority of tourists, is however an important site of the eternal city together with the Apollon Temple nearby.
Written October 24, 2019
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD11,852 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
When you go by the Teatro di Marcello, you might think it is the Colosseum, but it is not. The Colosseum may have been the biggest, but the Teatro di Marcello was there first, and it served as the model for the Colosseum. Julius Caesar began building this large theater. It could seat up to 20,000 people.

Today, while the interior is not open to the public (it is an apartment building), the lower levels and striking architecture can be observed from the street. It stands as a symbol of the rich culture and history of Rome and still functions as a venue for concerts and performances.
Written February 12, 2017
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