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Roman Theatre

Gaze in awe at the remains of this colossal amphitheater, which hosts occasional artistic performances and concerts during the summer months.

Step back in time to an era of pompous Roman-era celebrations and watch music and theatrical shows at the Roman Theatre. This partly ruined amphitheater was constructed between the 1st and 2nd centuries by Quintus Petronius Modestus, an official under the reign of Emperor Traianus. The Roman Theatre sits at the foot of San Giusto Hill. Archaeologists uncovered it in the 1930s, before which it sat concealed by the city’s modern buildings.

Stand on the street in front of the theater to comprehend its arresting size. It has a diameter of 210 feet (64 meters) and a capacity in the region of 6,000 seated spectators. Note the well-preserved seating area and the exposed grassy sections of San Giusto Hill, which rise behind it.

Take a moment to envisage a time when large audiences would come to enjoy events. Today, you can experience the arena’s acoustics at summer concerts and theater productions. Ask at the tourist information office on nearby Piazza dell'Unità for details.

The theater sits in the heart of Trieste’s old town. Parking is available, for a fee, on the street that passes in front of the monument. Include the theater on a walking tour of other attractions located in the city’s historic quarter. Continue up San Giusto Hill to the Cathedral of San Giusto and Castello di San Giusto. The latter offers sweeping city views and houses a museum, which has displays of statues unearthed at the theater.

The Roman Theatre is free to visit. Arrive during daylight hours to be able to fully appreciate the architectural talents of the city’s former Roman rulers.


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    Riva Del Mandracchio 4, Trieste, TS
       
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      Located in Trieste City Centre, this romantic hotel is steps away from Piazza di Cavana and Piazza Unita d'Italia. Palazzo del Municipio and Museo Revoltella are also within 5 minutes. Trieste Central Station is 14 minutes by foot and Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 15 minutes.

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        Located in Trieste City Centre, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Grande di Trieste, Piazza Unita d'Italia and Castello di San Giusto. Cathedral of San Giusto and University of Trieste are also within 2 mi (3 km). Trieste–Opicina Tramway is only a 2-minute walk and Trieste (TXB-Trieste Train Station) is 7 minutes.

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          Located in Trieste City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Canal Grande di Trieste and Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas. Piazza della Borsa and Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi are also within 10 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway and Trieste Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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            Located in Trieste City Centre, this townhouse accommodation is steps away from Piazza della Borsa, Roman Theatre and Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi. Palazzo del Municipio and Canal Grande di Trieste are also within 5 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 9 minutes by foot and Trieste (TXB-Trieste Train Station) is 11 minutes.

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            Via del Ponte 6, Trieste
               
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              Located in Trieste City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Piazza della Borsa, Roman Theatre and Palazzo del Municipio. Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi and Santa Maria Maggiore are also within 5 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 10 minutes by foot and Trieste Central Station is 12 minutes.

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              via di Donota 26, Trieste
                 
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                Located in Trieste City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Roman Theatre, Piazza della Borsa and Arco di Riccardo. Castello di San Giusto and Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi are also within 5 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 10 minutes by foot and Trieste Central Station is 14 minutes.

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                Corso Italia, 4, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia
                   
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                  Located in Trieste City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Piazza della Borsa and Roman Theatre. Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi and Canal Grande di Trieste are also within 5 minutes. Trieste–Opicina Tramway is 8 minutes by foot and Trieste Central Station is 12 minutes.