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Address: Piazza Stesicoro | Ingresso gratuito, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 095 715 0508
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Let me start by saying that the 3 stars are not a reflection of the theatre itself but a judgement on the stay it is kept in. The ruins of this Roman piece of glorious... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Alisandru
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London, England, United Kingdom
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Let me start by saying that the 3 stars are not a reflection of the theatre itself but a judgement on the stay it is kept in. The ruins of this Roman piece of glorious architecture, are left in a despicable state. For the wondering Indiana jones thou it is still amazing to walk through the lava ruins of what... More 

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Right in the middle of Catania and well worth a visit. Well presented and some lovely sculptures and pieces of ancient statues displayed separately.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Located on Piazza Stesicoro, there is only a small portion of the amphitheatre visible as most of it is buried beneath the city. It was entirely buried after the 1693 earthquake, until excavations began in 1904 and finished in 1906. The amphitheatre is made from lava blocks, built 2nd century AD and abandoned by the 5th century. It was able... More 

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

Right in the centre of the city, the amphitheatre cut out of lava rock, showing the public terraces, and exposed and covered cellars for the gladiators. You are free to wander around at will and explore this truly historic remains.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

A small portion of the roman theatre is exposed and open for exploring. The rest is under the city! It only takes about 10 minutes to see the entire attraction.

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Only a small part of this structure has been uncovered above ground, so you can imagine it must have been very large indeed. You might feel underwhelmed by this but it is historically quite significant and worth looking at. Some of the walls and inner workings of the amphitheatre are visible and it's well worth having a good walk all... More 

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Dublin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Despite how much of the structure is under the city I think the city has gone a great job in excavating a section of it so anyone can see what an amphitheater looks like if you were going through the tunnels to go to your seat. Obviously they will not be able to display more due to its huge size... More 

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Bodrum City, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

The entrance to the site is quite interesting, as it looks like it's inside a building, although there is a sign of Roman Theater on the building. We only found the site based on the picture of the building on the web, otherwise we would have missed it. We were expecting something like an open-air theater. It's open air, but... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

The foundation remains occupy a city block surrounded by impressive palazzos and across the street from the monument to composer Bellini.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016

Just a small part of the amphitheater has been excavated as the most of it lies under the modern buildings. The ruins display the same signs of neglect that plague the entire city of Catania

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