Percorso storico-archeologico nel suburbio sudoccidentale
The amphitheatre of Milan was located outside the city walls, near the Porta Ticinensis and major routes of communication to the southwest. As in other Roman amphitheatres, many reasons dictated a location on the periphery of the city, not least because a large area was required for construction of the theatre and also because the very performances in the building drew considerable numbers of people.
As a central part of the fabric of the Roman city, the structure – which measured 155 x 125 m in terms of axis and circa 415 75 m for the arena – was one of the most imposing pieces of architecture and a significant urban and monumental element in the city. Today the amphitheatre area, situated between the Via De Amicis, Via Conca del Naviglio and Via Arena, is a flat area occupied by a group of modern apartments. Remnants of the western and eastern parts of the monument, limited to the foundations, are under the modern buildings, while some ruins which remain are partially visible in the large green area between Via De Amicis and Via Arena and in the smaller area in Via Conca del Naviglio.
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