Italy has such a wealth of treasures from antiquity. I am so glad that many of them are freely open to the public unlike in other countries I could name that screen them off, put in a crappy 'interpretation centre' and charge you a small mortgage to look around.
The first century Roman theatre is a fine example of it's type, and you can simply view it from the street. Built in the Trajanic period probably by Q. Petronius Modestus (mentioned on some tablets that used to be there) it utilises the hill in it's construction.
The picture i've used clearly shows the emperor Trajan and his trademark 'pudding bowl' haircut. (oh no sorry, I forgot this is Virtualtourist and not Wikipedia - we can't make stuff up!)
The Teatro Romano is one of the few examples of Roman architecture and indeed the Roman presence in Trieste in the open air. It is preserved in fair form, with the seats and the stage clearly visible to the passer-by. It was originally close to the waterfront, although more and more of the harbour was filled in to provide greater land to build on (such as the Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia). The Teatro was built in the side of a hill, obviating the need for any building materials other than rock, and wood was likely only used for the stage area and some of the seats. The statues found in the Teatro Romano in the 1930's are now located in the Museo Civico.
One of the more interesting sights in Trieste is the old roman amphitheater that sits like a time capsule in the center of the city. It sits right in the open and can be seen from the sidewalk as you walk by it on the Via del Teatro Romano. The amphitheater was built during the reign of the emperor Trajan around 100 AD. After the fall of the ROman Empire, the amphitheater fell into disuse and eventually ended up buried under a number of buildings. It was rediscovered in the late 1930s during a construction project, and subsequently excavated.
The Roman Theatre lies at the foot of the San Giusto hill, and faces the sea. The construction partially exploits the gentle slope of the hill, and most of the construction work is in stone. The topmost portion of the amphitheatre steps and the stage were presumably made of wood.
Trieste was an important Adriatic center for shipping and commerce in the Roman Empire and evidence of its heritage can be seen several places. ONe of the most attractive structures is the old theater dating from the 1st or 2nd C. It lies at the bottom of San Giusto hill and originally wouldl have sat directly on the shore of the bay. It takes advantage of the sloping terrain and is remarkably well preserved. I find it refreshing that this ancient reminder of the past sits right in the midst of the modern buildings and beside a very busy thoroughfare.
On the top of San Giusto hill is a Roman Forum overlooking the city and the 6th C Roman hall of worsip as well as the San Giusto Castle. We were able to enjoy the Forum and the view but the castle was closed for renovation. Also the church interior was undergoing some restoration work on the mosaics but we were able to go into the small 14th C church of San Giovanni. One of the photos is of theSan Michele al Carnale portion of the churcn.
One surprising thing to me is that a lot of the Roman stuff had evidently been obscured and forgotten until an archeological project in the 1930s unearthed it.
On the squar is a columnar memorial to those who died in WWI.
The Roman theatre of Tergeste is located under the hill of San Giusto. It was built between the 1st and the second century AD according to the will of Quintus Petronius Modestus, Emperor Traian's Procurator and could host an audience of 6000.
In the centuries, nature hid the cavea that was located again in 1814 and restored with the 1938 excavations.
View of Teatro Romano showing the enclosure wall and entrance gate for the spectators, and the brick spectator seating.
With a seating capacity of about 6000 tightly packed spectators, Trieste's ampitheater was much smaller than its famous counterpart in Roma. Both ampitheaters date to about 30 BC, and have very similar features. Notice the closely spaced square window openings in the rock enclosure wall. They probably provided an opportunity for citizens of lesser stature to get a free glimpse of the generally violent entertainment. The iron grilled spectators gate is similar to the combatants gates in the Colisseum. The Colisseum in Roma is constantly barraged by paying tourists. Every few days a tourist accidently stumbles on the equally interesting. Teatro Romano. No charge ! Go figure.
Teatro Romano was built into a hillside, and 2000 years ago was directly on the seashore. Now because of extensive silting up of the bay, it is hundreds of meters from the shore.
Trieste was an important Adriatic port city in the vast Roman empire. Ampitheaters were important entertainment venues for the upper classes inhabiting major metropolises. Teatro Romano was built about 30 BC by order of the emporer Octavius, and had a seating capacity of about 6000. The ampitheater is nestled in the middle of the central business district, near the foot San Giusti hill. The theater which was recently excavated, is remarkebly well preserved. Ancient relics that were unearthed in and around the theater, are on display beside the theater.
There is no charge to view the ampitheater.
Walking down the staircase of S. Giusto hill or through the narrow streets that come down the hill as well, you arrive at the Roman Theatre.It's made of bricks and divided in 4 section. It standed up along the hill for about 30metres, with the sea that, in the past,arrived till there and was a sort of background for the setting, that was wide about 30 metres, ornated with marbles and statues.
The theatre could host up to 6000 people and was built by the emperor Traiano between the I and the II century a.C.It has been descovered during public works in 1938.
Now, after many repairs is possible, during the summer to attend many concerts.
In fornt of the theatre you can see Police headquarters.
Came to this small arena built by the Roman. A gardener was tidying the place when I was there.
This Roman Theater is at the bottom of The San Giusto Hill.
It's not that big...but another attraction in Trieste.
Traces of the preceding Roman domination can be seen in the ruins of the Roman theatre, which is situated in Via del Teatro.
There is another one Roman theatre in Trieste, situated on Rotonda Pancera where also Arco di Riccardo can be seen.
Roman history: the amphitheater
Trieste former Tergeste (a venetic toponym), which probably dates back to the protohistoric period, was enclosed by walls built in 33-32 BC on Emperor Octavius’s orders. The city developed greatly during the 1st and 2nd century AD.
The Roman Theatre lies at the foot of the San Giusto hill.