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Amphitheater of Ancient Capua: 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

1. Amphitheater of Ancient Capua: 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

On a 2-hour tour of the archeological site of ancient Capua you’ll visit the Roman amphitheater of Spartacus, the Gladiator Museum, and Santa Maria Capua Vetere, the temple dedicated to the god Mitra. Capua was the birthplace of the gladiator revolt led by Spartacus against the Roman Empire, which arose due to the inhumane conditions the gladiators suffered. The battle ended with the complete defeat of the rebels and Spartacus met his death on the field. Thousands were crucified by Crassus along the Appian Way, a road built by Appius Claudius in 312 B.C. to connect Rome with Capua. Visitor the Gladiator Museum with your guide. See the Temple of Santa Maria Capua Vetere, dedicated to the god Mitra. The cult of Mitras is of Persian origin, and was almost certainly brought to Rome by the prisoners of war who later became gladiators. Please note that the amphitheater is closed on Mondays.

Capua: Amphitheater, Museums, and Mithraeum Tour

2. Capua: Amphitheater, Museums, and Mithraeum Tour

Step back in time to the old city of Capua on this guided tour in Santa Maria Capua Vetere. Following an archaeologist guide, tour the Campano Amphitheater, Gladiator Museum, Archaeological Museum of ancient Capua, and the Mithraeum. Just a few kilometers from Caserta, Santa Maria Capua Vetere holds traces of Capua, the once lively and rich city of ancient Rome. Start your tour inside the Campano Amphitheater: it still stands out thanks to its excellent state of preservation. It was likely the model for the Colosseum in Rome, although it was then progressively embellished by the emperors Adriano and Antoninus Pius. Then, head inside the nearby Gladiator Museum. This museum still retains original portions of the decorations of the amphitheater along with a reconstruction of a real gladiator fight. Afterward, move on to the Archaeological Museum of ancient Capua. See exhibited finds that go back to the Iron Age. The final stop will be the Mithraeum of Santa Maria Capua Vetere, a small treasure found almost by accident during an excavation for the construction of a building. Witness one of the most intact testimonies of the practices around the cult of the god Mitra. The frescoes and seating, still perfectly visible, push visitors to travel back to the 3rd century A.D.

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What to say about this private tour, other than how amazing it was! It was just the two of us on this tour with Michele of Askos Tours, which allowed for an even more immersive experience, and Michele's knowledge of old Capua, the Gladiators, and the gladiatorial games was incredible. The day of the tour was incredibly warm (39 degrees Celsius) but Michele made sure to stop in the shade when explaining things so that we weren't exposed to the extreme heat at all times. Unfortunately the Mithraeum was closed due to restoration works but we were instead taken on a tour of the Archaeological Museum of Capua which was also incredibly fascinating. I highly recommend this tour, especially if it's just a small group; very informative with a lot of history to take in!

A first hand experience of a lifetime into the world of gladiators. This was my absolute highlight of our family holiday. Our tour guide, Michele, was prompt, very knowledgeable and offered many stories to highlight the tour. He made the tour pleasant and enjoyable. We were the only people there. This is a gem for Roman history so please do yourself a favor and “GO!” You won’t regret it.