Opened as the Amphiteatrum Caesareum by the emperor Titus in 80 AD, it got its current name in the 11th century from the colossal bronze statue of Nero which stood nearby. The monument is the symbol of the city and was the most grandiose arena in the ancient world, used to stage gladiatorial contests, hunting spectacles and executions.
From the 6th century onwards it fell into decline, ending up as a quarry for building materials, and in the Middle Ages the Frangipane family built a fortress inside it.
Information and Addresses
Visiting Hours Every day from 8.30 am to an hour before sunset
Telephone 06 39967700
Price € 9,00; concessions € 4,50