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“In a quiet location near the centre of town” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Teatro Romano di Lecce

Teatro Romano di Lecce
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Taree, Australia
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“In a quiet location near the centre of town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

In some ways, this set of Roman remains was more pleasant to visit than the larger amphitheatre. It was in a quieter location, away from the noise of traffic, but still in the centre of the historic part of Lecce. Like the amphitheatre it was in reasonably good condition.

Visited May 2014
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“Roman theatre explained in 30 minutes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

It is quite an experience to sit where theatre goers sat two thousand years ago, but I found the museum even more worthwhile. Or, to be more precise, the downstairs part that is actually about (Greek and) Roman theatre. It explains clearly and concisely what Romans looked for and what they did in their theatres in a clear and very accessible way, though the English translations are partial and you'll benefit more if you can read Italian. There are some mannequins featuring Roman vestments used by actors, and replicas of masks. I learned that the satire was a genre of theatre that featured satyrs playing flutes (and mocking the great myths and powerful personalities of the time), that slaves were always admitted to the theatre but unruly freemen were not, that women had to watch from high up along with slaves and non-citizens, that there were frequent fights in the hot and crowded theatres so that they had to hire bouncers to keep order. If you find this kind of stuff interesting then you'll be very happy indeed to have spent the 3 euros on your ticket. The upstairs part of the museum is a kind of high school poster project about the Appian Way, and has nothing to do with Roman theatre. Still it is quite interesting and I suppose they had to put it somewhere after they worked on it so hard.

Visited April 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“GEM of a small "theatre"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

a few hundred folk several hundred years ago watched their favourite "shows" in the open air.....and now this little theatre is available for us to dream about

Visited October 2013
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Edina, Minnesota
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

This hidden museum is an excellent example of an old Roman theatre. It also includes some exhibits of Roman masks and the Apian road in Roam. Although small, it is worth a visit for those interested in theatre.

Visited September 2013
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London, England
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“Lecce and the Amphitheatre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2013

This review is more about the town of Lecce itself rather than the Amphitheatre.
Anyone who wants to see a more genuine town in Italy which isn't so ravaged by the tourist hoards, should come here. Tucked away in the deep south east of the heel of Italy, this historic town of about 90,000 people in the province of Puglia is a real gem.

The city is filled with lovely churches and Baroque monuments in the historic centre (centro storico) and you can while away many an hour mooching around. (Visit the Piazza del Duomo, Piazza S.Croce etc). There's a more modern section just outside the walls. There are plenty of shops of reasonable quality but I wouldn't come here if you're thinking of high end clothes and jewellery. There is an abundance of restaurants and the food quality in this region is generally very good.

Most of the tourist are Italian and you only hear the odd smattering of English, German or French. This really is a very Italian experience and all the better for it.

The Roman amphitheatre was built in the second century AD and once held 25,000 spectators. The amphitheatre is partially excavated but monuments have been built above most of it. It's set in a modern area of the old town and is a very popular meeting place with the youngsters.

Lecce is also a very good base to visit other parts of the deep south. We hired a car and took some lovely drives to Otranto, Castro and Gallipoli. (see brief reviews on Otranto and Gallipoli).

Visited May 2013
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