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Teatro di Marcello

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Address: Via del Teatro di Marcello, Rome, Italy
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When you go by the Teatro di Marcello, you might think it is the Colosseum, but it is not. The Colosseum may have been the biggest, but the Teatro di Marcello was there first... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you go by the Teatro di Marcello, you might think it is the Colosseum, but it is not. The Colosseum may have been the biggest, but the Teatro di Marcello was there first, and it served as the model for the Colosseum. Julius Caesar began building this large theater. It could seat up to 20,000 people. Today, while the... More 

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Formby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Wandered around this building by fluke. It looks like a miniature Colosseum and it does actually pre-date it. The top part of the building has been turned into apartments. Very nice.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

It is much smaller than the colosseum but it is much older. The top is apartments and there is a market around. Worth popping past for a visit.

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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

The oldest and only surviving ancient theater in Rome. The top level has been converted into one of Europe's most expensive apartments. And right on the edge of the Jewish ghetto with its wonderful restaurants and vibrant street life.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

More than anywhere else on or first and way-too-short visit to Rome, this area is so hugely evocative of how 'real Rome' may well have been to 'ordinary' Romans. It reeked of history, long-dead society and the ghosts of the dead could be felt rubbing shoulders with the living. A wonderful place to visit.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

For those on a budget, this multi storey Roman theatre is a great free place to visit. Part of a complex including a medieval fish market and the oldest surviving Roman quadroportico of D'Ottavia. The area is still being excavated, but info boards provide summaries of key features, including an ossuary with visible bones!

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Rimini, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

From 15 a.d. More famous than Colosseum A lot of years ago Nerone played on the stage More than 10.000 of person can be here

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

An ancient structure that we met when we were heading to Tiberina island,coming from Piazza Venezia.Its look has something from Colosseum but note that the theatre is built earlier.Interesting fact:the upper level looks to be inhabited!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The Marcello Theatre was a Roman theater started by Julius Caesar & pre-dating the Colosseum, the setting for summer concerts. It is not marketed well and was the last thing we saw at the end of our walking City tour. Not well maintained or market, it has an uncanny resemblance to the Colosseum and you can use it as a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

It was built in the closing years of the Roman Republic. The area was cleared under the orders of Julius Caesar, who had the misfortune to be murdered before construction could begin. It was completed and inaugurated in 13BC in the reign of Augustus. It originally had 41 arches for each of its three tiers and could hold up to... More 

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The mini-neigbourhood Ghetto holds tight to its reputation as a stand-alone area thanks to its nearly 300-year history as the home to Rome’s Jewish community. Times changed in the 20th century, but the tiny area still retains its mix of tradition, community, and history. Ancient and medieval architectural design frames apartments, bakeries, shops, and restaurants. Friends and families are the pulse of the neighbourhood, keeping company on the Via del Portico d’Ottavia. The Ghetto observes the traditional Jewish Shabbat: businesses close from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.
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