The Roman Amphitheatre: arts and music
The amphitheatre in Cagliari is the most important public building in Sardinia dating back to the Roman Empire. Built in the II century a.C. the amphitheatre leaning into the Buon Cammino hill was partly dug out of the rock, partly built to hold up to approximately ten thousand spectators. Citizens sat on the tiers with access being gained from various gates. In addition to gladiator combat, also pantomimes were performed in the arena. The numerous niches housed the machinery providing the backdrops for stage scenery. Only the part of this imposing elliptical monument dug out of the rock still stands today; the impact produced is however quite remarkable. In the summer the amphitheatre – partly covered by a wooden structure – is used for concerts and shows.