Tunnel into the Arena in Pompeii, Italy

Tunnel into the arena in Pompeii, Italy

Today’s travel photo is of one of the tunnels that leads into the arena in the ancient Roman ruined city of Pompeii, Italy. The arena in Pompeii is the oldest surviving Roman amphitheatre in the world, as it was the first to be built of stone, built around 70AD. Like most Roman cities, the arena was the place to be, the games and gladiator tournaments providing the citizens with entertainment and distraction from their everyday lives. The amphitheatre wasn’t destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, so it still stands in excellent condition today, nearly 2000 years after its construction.

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