Unlike what many believe, one need not visit Rome to see the most beautiful Roman amphitheatres in the world. The capital of the ancient Roman Empire may indeed be home to the Colosseum, the most famous of all theatres and one of the most prized UNESCO heritage sites. Yet travel far and wide and you’ll soon discover that the Romans got around. A lot.

Croatia’s gorgeous Pula Arena is among the sixth largest amphitheatres still left standing and the country’s foremost historical attraction, whilst the El Djem Amphitheatre in Tunisia, built in 200AD, was considered the most important in the Berber world. Libya’s Leptis Magna is arguably one of the most outstanding sights in the whole Mediterranean, and if you travel to France, do include a side trip to Nimes to view one of the largest theatres ever built, which accommodated more than 24,000 spectators.

Nimes, France

Nimes Arena in FranceFlickr: Wolfgang Staudt
Roman Amphitheater in Nimes, France

Pula Arena, Croatia

Arena Pula, CroatiaFlickr: Martin
Pula Croatia

El Djem, Tunisia

El Djem Amphitheater, TunisiaFlickr: Dennis Jarvis

Roman Amphitheatre of El Djem, Tunisia

Leptis Magna, Libya

Leptis Magna temple to Septimus SeverusFlickr: Ben Sutherland
Leptis Magna, Tripoli , Libya

The Colosseum, Italy

Colosseum in RomeFlickr: Sami C
Colosseum at NightFlickr: Javier Vieras

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