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Teatro di Marcello

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Address: Via del Teatro di Marcello, Rome, Italy
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Next to the Domus Aurea this was the hardest to find!

Hard to find as not where shown in either of our guide books. Road off Tiber island, opposite the road you can see the Portico d’Ottavia. The Theatre is next to that out of sight... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hard to find as not where shown in either of our guide books. Road off Tiber island, opposite the road you can see the Portico d’Ottavia. The Theatre is next to that out of sight, hidden behind modern buildings. Free – no access inside. You can see how it inspired the Colosseum which it predates. It is one of three... More 

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was an ancient theatre like Colosseum (noot the colosseum itself). Only outside wall is survived.

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Lakewood, California
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Teatro di Marcello is an amazing piece of Roman history, but if you go without a guide or having done your homework, you will miss the significance of it. It was built around 13 B.C., and even though it is an ancient ruin, there are swanky apartments on the top floor where, according to my tour guide, Sophia Loren... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Ancient building that is only part of the facade. It can be seen only from the outside. Nice to see if it is in your way.

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

The theatre of Marcellus was completed in 13 BC was 111m in diameter and could hold up to 20,000 spectators and was one of the first buildings in Rome to use fired brick above the white travertine seen throughout Rome.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

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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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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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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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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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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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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