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Santa Maria Capua Vetere

A place that both Kirk Douglas and the rebel slave Spartacus would have known, the original town of Capua.

A Roman settlement some five miles west of Caserta, it was the site of a gladiator school where he's
said to have received his training - and, later, of ancient Italy's third largest amphitheatre.

After Capua's destruction by Saracen mercenaries in 841AD, the survivors rebuilt their homes in a more secure
position - within a sweeping meander of the river Volturno - taking with them the town's name
.... http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/modern_capua

Eventually though these ruins were resettled, by a community that named itself Santa Maria Capua Vetere.

Today, as well as a mainline station in the centre of town, out near the amphitheatre there's a halt,
served by trains of the 'MetroCampania NordEst' railway on the route between Naples and Piedimonte Matese.
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Arriving in Naples
Arriving in Naples
The little engine that did...
The little engine that did...
Transport...
Transport...
Hadrian's triumphal arch
Hadrian's triumphal arch
Honouring Giuseppe Garibaldi
Honouring Giuseppe Garibaldi
Hierarchy
Hierarchy
No mosaics?
No mosaics?
Main approach to the amphitheatre
Main approach to the amphitheatre
Out of the sun
Out of the sun
t4%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f140083841.Rlf0jPlm.jpg Relief figure
Relief figure
The arena
The arena
Underground walkway, past the cages...
Underground walkway, past the cages...
Huge arches that supported the banked tiers of seats
Huge arches that supported the banked tiers of seats
View from the one and nines!
View from the one and nines!
The far end of the combat arena
The far end of the combat arena
t4%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f140083842.KE6Jtj6D.jpg Two of the original eighty marble arches
Two of the original eighty marble arches
One of the figures
One of the figures
Inscription
Inscription
Underground corridors
Underground corridors
Brickwork arches, under the arena
Brickwork arches, under the arena
Only some see...
Only some see...
The combat area, as seen from main entrance
The combat area, as seen from main entrance