From there, we visited the amphitheatre; it was built in 70 BC and apparently is the oldest known and most complete Roman amphitheatre anywhere. Apparently there were riots there in AD 59, resulting in a 10-year ban on gladatorial contests; however, after the earthquake in AD 62, the amphitheatre was one of the first buildings to be restored, and the ban was lifted to help with morale.
This is the entrance.
And this gives a bit more of an idea of its size…
After that, we took the main road back to the Porta Marina – you can see here where the pavements have been worn in the middle by people walking there (pretty much like the steps to English castles and English church towers).
On the way, we found another caupona (and you can see the storage jars in the room behind) and some lovely frescoes that can speak for themselves.