Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
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Ingresso al monumento: inizio via Labicana angolo piazza del Colosseo
prenotazioni 0039 060608 tutti i giorni 9.00-21.00
Closed: Monday, January 1, May 1, December 25.
Open to organized groups by reservation only.
Max. 30 people per group.
Adults: € 4,00;
Concessions: € 3,00;
Please note: The price of the ticket does not include guided tours organized by Cultural Associations.
Phone Booking required;
Groups and schools: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm).
The Ludus Magnus was built in the valley between the Esquilino and the Celio. The remains of the complex were discovered in 1937, but only 20 years later excavations were terminated. The monument is the result of many building stages: under the arena have been discovered a series of structures dating back to the Republican and Augustan ages, emperor Domiziano built the actual "Ludus" with a rectangular court and the tabernae, a pillared portico and the elliptical arena with the cavea. Between the II and IV centuries the complex underwent several restorations: Traiano raised the complex and the arena. Later, some works were carried out under Odoacre. The four-sided portico, 100 m per side, is formed by the outside rooms to be used by the gladiators and as services for the performances. A small cavea for a strict number of people surrounded the ellipsoidal arena.
The building can be seen from via Labicana and via di S.Giovanni in Laterano.
The underground rooms are not accessible.
Guided tours organized by Cultural Associations
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