The Top 10 Famous Roman Amphitheaters

roman amphitheatre

The Romans had a love of combat and entertainment. They were not only known for their gladiator fights but also chariot races that took place at circuses or amphitheaters depending on the event being held. Sometimes free citizens would enter into these battles just to have some fun in 15-minute celebrity status!

One of the many things that make Rome such a magical place is its amphitheaters. Prior to modern times, Romans built these theaters from wood and would rotate back-to-back so as they formed an oval shape for the maximum capacity. Located all across Europe in places like England where 230 have been found on top sites large enough with ruins still present today!

Top 10: Uthina Amphitheater

Uthina Amphitheater

One of the most famous Roman amphitheaters is Uthina, located in Salzburg. Built around the 1st century AD and enlarged a few times until its closure during the 5th or 6th centuries it still stands as an impressive site today with over 150000 seats for fans!

Uthina, a Roman colony in Tunisia was on the main route to Carthage from southern and western parts of the country. The city appears to have fallen into ruin after Arabs took control around 700 AD but still remains an excavation site with only a few visitors each year visiting its ruins which include one amphitheater hosting about 16k people at any given time–the lower half being dug below ground level while seats above sit out for all who come watch shows or enjoy performances like Cirque du Soleil style acrobatics!

Top 9: Pozzuoli Amphitheater

Pozzuoli Amphitheater

Pozzuoli is a small town in Italy that was once known for its Po River and two famous amphitheaters.

The first one, built around 50 BC during the Roman Empire’s rule over most of Europe – including Belgium-, had a seating capacity of up to 40-50 thousand people who came together as spectators or actors staging plays with wooden platforms on either side where acrobats would perform their stunts right before our eyes; it also featured impressive architecture such 8 columns covered by an archway at each end which you can see today from afar without ever having been inside!

The Amphitheater in Pozzuoli is a Roman amphitheater that can hold 20,000 people. It was constructed during the reign of Emperor Vespasian who also initiated construction on Rome’s Colosseum. Unlike its counterpart, not much remains from upper-tier seats but intact are parts for animal cages and machinery used to raise them up through tunnels beneath ground level (excepting one). In later centuries after an eruption by Solfatarain volcano which buried most of it under ash following battles between rival sides no longer fought here until recently when they were excavated again!

Top 8: Leptis Magna Arena

Leptis Magna Arena

The Leptis Magna Arena was a fantastic place to watch an old-fashioned Roman amphitheater. I loved the fact that there were no seats, instead, Romans would buy their tickets and then wait for hours in line just like they used to!

Located in modern-day Libya, Leptis Magna was founded by the Phoenicians over 3 thousand years ago and became part of the Roman Empire after their defeat of Carthage. Under Roman rule, this city prospered greatly as it served as both a trading post for goods brought by ships that traveled downriver from Sicily or Italy; however, all good things must come to end eventually which is what happened with Rome around the 5th century AD when Barbarian tribes sacked much as Jews did back home! The ruined Roman amphitheater in Leptis Magna is a beautiful and fascinating structure. Built beneath the waves of time, this was one of many such structures that can be found across Europe during ancient times. The custodians have done an excellent job at preserving its original state while also making sure it’s safe for visitors from around the world!

Top 7: Roman Arena in Arles

Roman Arena in Arles

The Roman Arena in Arles is one of my favorite structures from this era. Built as an amphitheater with room for 16,000 people at a time to watch performances on stage and enjoy themselves-it’s been there since 120AD!

The Roman Arena is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Arles, France. It was built around 1st century BC and could seat over 20 thousand people on three tiers! From 1830 until today this building has been used for hosting bullfights which were certainly approved by Romans because they’re only slightly less brutal than chariot races or hand-to-hand battles themselves enjoyed by them too.

Top 6: Amphitheatre Nimes

Amphitheatre Nimes

The amphitheater of Nimes is a beautiful place for people to gather and enjoy music. The construction started in the 2nd century AD, but it’s unclear when they finished building this incredible structure that still stands today!

Built at the end of the 1st century AD, this Roman amphitheater is one of Gaul’s biggest. During the middle ages, it was used for both public events and religious services; later on, people started living there too – 700 inhabitants to be exact with two chapels inside! In 1863 they remodeled part of Arena Nîmes into bullring which nowadays hosts 2 annual fights against bulls each year alongside other various happenings throughout its course like concerts or political speeches.

Top 5: Pompeii Spectacula

Pompeii Spectacula

Pompeii is a city of ruins. In one area stands an ancient Roman amphitheater, and in another, you can find the Temple Of Venus Pompeiana with its columns still standing up high from when it was whole centuries ago!

The Amphitheater at Pompeii is one of the most impressive structures to survive from ancient times. Built around 70 BC, it’s considered by many experts as being older than any other Roman amphitheaters in existence today!

The amphitheater was called a spectacular as the term wasn’t yet in use. It could host about 20,000 spectators which are equal to all of Pompeii’s population! In 59 AD there were riots between fans from that town and another city over some cheating allegations (yikes!). The Senate decided 10 years’ worth wasn’t enough time for them so they banned any games at this location again until 64AD when things go back on track with no more violence or problems!!

Top 4: Pula Arena

Pula Arena

Pula Arena is one of the most iconic historical sites in all of Italy. It was originally built as a Roman amphitheater and has been used for many centuries since then to host sporting events such as bullfighting or concerts by famous musicians like Mozart!

The Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Croatia and could seat over 26,000 spectators. In 1482 during an important battle between Venice and Ottoman Turks, this amphitheater was used as a battlefield for both sides to fight on — but thankfully they stopped taking stones from here before destroying all that’s left! Today it hosts performances throughout the summer months with many festivals happening at once which make up part of its historic value today: A place where people come together through music (and sometimes violence).

Top 3: Verona Arena

Verona Arena

Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheater that was built in the Late Bronze Age, around 500 B.C., during which time they erected many structures throughout Italy to host gladiatorial games and other forms of entertainment for citizens who could afford it or were granted permission by their ruler.”

The Verona Arena in Italy is a famous Roman amphitheater that was nearly destroyed during an earthquake. It still stands, though, and you can see how well-preserved it has been by looking at its outer ring of white limestone with pink highlights from 1117! The Arena in Verona was built by the Romans and could seat 30,000 spectators. Throughout history this amphitheater has been used for a variety of events: gladiator fights during Roman times to jousts and tournaments from medieval times up until now where it’s host to spectacular opera performances today!

Top 2: Amphitheater of El Djem

Amphitheater of El Djem

The Amphitheater of El Djem is a wonderful place to visit. The ancient Roman architecture and natural scenery make for an unforgettable experience!

The Roman amphitheater of El Djem in Tunisia is the third largest arena in the world, after Rome’s Colosseum and Capua. It formerly served as a town for important figures who traded with Romans while also being an influential place during their reign over North Africa – one that eventually fell into ruin centuries ago due to wars between different cultures until tourists started coming through again!

The amphitheater was built in the early 3rd century AD and can seat 35,000 spectators. The structure remained active until 17th-century when stones from this ancient site were used for building nearby villages like El Djem or transported to Great Mosque Kairouan where they are still visible today! More recently it’s been used as location of films such Oscar winning gladiator; nowadays many tourists come visit its beauty which makes them popular destination on their trip through North Africa (Tunisia).

Top 1: Colosseum


The Colosseum is an ancient Roman amphitheater. It’s famous for letting people see their favorite gladiator fights live, even if they couldn’t afford to go watch them fight themselves!

The Colosseum is one of the most iconic structures in all of Rome. It was built by Emperor Vespasian and completed under his son Titus, who opened it for public use with animal hunts that lasted 100 days as well as bloodshed from gladiators fighting over two thousand poor souls. What a fantastic sight! The Roman Colosseum was capable of holding 50,000 people who could enter through 80 entrances. There were sails called “velarium” covering the top that protected us from rain and heat as we watched your favorite fights inside this amazing building right in front of me – a must-see for any tour around Rome!!