The Romans were great sportsmen - they certainly made heroes of the great athletes of their time. No Roman "Sports Illustrated" would have been complete without a full account of the latest battles and massacres at the local amphitheater. Certainly the residents of Pompei were fortunate to have such a splendid facility to observe the spectacle of gladiators battling savage beasts and engaging one another in equally rough combat.
Equipment: bring sunscreen
Thank God this "sport" is now dead in it's original form. This is the Arena where Gladiators used to fight each other and lions... It is a smaller one, one of the best preserved in the world.
When I got in there chils went down my spine... Just imagine how much blood was spilled there for someones entertainment...
Talk about Extreme sports! Much like the coliseum in the city of Rome, gladiators would "perform" here in a gruesome spectacle that often caused many deaths.
The Modern city of Pompei can be seen in the distance.
The Palestra Grande was a good place to do your gymnastics - or practice those "track and field" events Roman soldiers specialized in.