The Roman Amphitheatre dates back between the first decade b.c. and the first decade a.c. The North-East side, the only one that has been partly preserved, was digged into the calcareous rock on the hill where it lies. The houses, buildings and fortresses spread around the city are full of rests belonging to the southern side steps of the amphitheatre, which were sacked and used as construction materials, until the municipality entered in possess of the theater and began some archaeological digs for the recovery of the area.
The amphitheatre had a maximum capacity of 10.000 spectators, who came here to assist to the cruel fights between men and ferocious animals, or between gladiators, or even to watch public executions, just like in all the other cities of the Empire.
Today’s spectators do not come to the amphitheatre to vent their bloody nature, but to enjoy what has become a suggestive location for jazz concerts and national and international music events.
The concert season is organized by Sardegna Concerti (www.sardegnaconcerti.com), to whom you can turn for an up-to-date events calendar. Prices vary according to concerts, but they all stay in the national range , and no charges for pre-sale rights apply.
You can reach the amphitheater by bus, line 8 (bus stop V.le Buoncammino) and line 5 (bus stop V.le Morello).
Viale Fra' Ignazio
from 1st April -31st October: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.30 am to 13.30 pm, Sunday also from 15.30 pm to 17.30 pm. From 1st November to 31st May, from 9.30am to 13.30 pm, Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00 pm.
Closed on Monday
full ticket: € 4,30; discounted ticket for students under 26, adults over 65, military people: € 2,80.
Half rate tickets for groups of at least 15 persons and school groups: € 2,20.
Free admission for the Karalis card holders, children under the age of 6, disabled people with their assistants and tour leaders of school groups. Guided visits are available for groups.