Capua & Caserta

We went down to Capua today, the training site of the rebellious gladiator Spartacus back in 73 B.C.  The big amphitheater there (2nd largest in Italy and 3rd largest in the Roman world) is of Hadrianic date, but we did get to see remains of the amphitheater that Spartacus would have used, as well.  We also saw a Mithraeum with a neat painting of Mithras slaying the bull.

After Capua, we ate our lunches and then headed to Caserta, an enormous Bourbon palace from the 1700s.  I did not think that I had heard of this place, but I actually have seen pictures of the two best sculptures that are part of a giant fountain complex—those of Diana and Actaeon!  There are also some pretty English Gardens, and the inside of the palace was used as a Naboo film location for Star Wars.  I probably walked about 5 miles in the palace & gardens total!

For dinner, we had spaghetti, chicken, eggplant lasagna, and profiteroles.


About saholc

Latin Teacher at The Hill School Atlanta Braves & US Soccer Fan
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