Roman Amphitheater Albano Laziale
Address, Opening Hours and Admission Price
The address of the Anfiteatro Severiano is Via dell’Anfiteatro, 1 – Albano Laziale (tel. unknown). The amphitheater can be viewed from the outside.
History and Description
The Anfiteatro Romano is oval in shape. It is partially excavated into the rocky ground.
The higher part is made of bricks. Different masonry techniques were used.
The amphitheater was built in the early years of the 3rd century by the Legione Albana and is located on the north-eastern side of the former army camp.
During the Middle Ages, the amphitheater served as a Christian cemetery. Two oratories were therefore built near the monument. One of them used an already existing arch for its construction. The second one was carved into the rock on the left side of the cavea.
The second floor of the ancient amphitheater can still be seen. In addition to the approximately thirty arches of this floor, part of the triumphal arches at the entrances have also survived.
It is thought that it originally had a height of about 22 meters. The cavea measured 113 meters. There was space for about 16,000 spectators.
During the summer months, the Amphitheater of Albano Laziale hosts the Anfiteatro Festival. In 2016, the 5th edition of this festival, featuring jazz and classical music, as well as opera, dance and theater, was held.