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Campania: Artecard 3 - 7 Day or Gold/Lite 365 City Pass

Campania: Artecard 3 - 7 Day or Gold/Lite 365 City Pass

Purchase the Naples & Campania Artecard for access to over 40 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including Ruins of Pompei, Herculaneum, National Archaeological Museum, Madre, Museum and Royal Wood of Capodimonte, Royal Palace of Naples, Castel Sant'Elmo, Certosa of San Martino, Royal Palace of Caserta, Paestum, and the Archaeological Museum of Capua. Enjoy free admission to many museums or sites and discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. Explore the city as you travel for free on the Naples and Campania regional public transportation network (UnicoCampania public transport system). Visit your chosen cultural sites, selecting freely from the following list, and receive a discount of up to 50% from the other sites on: • Parco Archeologico di Pompei • Parco Archeologico di Ercolano • Museo Archeologico Nazionale • Palazzo Reale di Napoli • Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte • Reggia di Caserta • Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum • Palazzo Reale di Napoli • Certosa e Museo di San Martino • Madre_Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina • Museo Pignatelli Cortes • Museo Duca di Martina • Museo civico di Castel Nuovo • Castel Sant'Elmo • Parco Archeologico di Oplontis • Scavi di Oplontis • Scavi di Stabia • Scavi di Boscoreale ed Antiquarium • Parco Archeologico di Baia • Museo Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei nel Castello di Baia • Anfiteatro Flavio • Parco Archeologico di Cuma • Museo Archeologico dell'Antica Capua • Museo dei Gladiatori • Anfiteatro Campano • Mitreo • Parco Archeologico di Paestum • Certosa San Lorenzo • Parco Archeologico di Elea Velia

Capua: Amphitheater, Museums, and Mithraeum Tour

Capua: Amphitheater, Museums, and Mithraeum Tour

Step back in time to the old city of Capua on this guided tour in Santa Maria Capua Vetere. Following an archaeologist guide, tour the Campano Amphitheater, Gladiator Museum, Archaeological Museum of ancient Capua, and the Mithraeum. Just a few kilometers from Caserta, Santa Maria Capua Vetere holds traces of Capua, the once lively and rich city of ancient Rome. Start your tour inside the Campano Amphitheater: it still stands out thanks to its excellent state of preservation. It was likely the model for the Colosseum in Rome, although it was then progressively embellished by the emperors Adriano and Antoninus Pius. Then, head inside the nearby Gladiator Museum. This museum still retains original portions of the decorations of the amphitheater along with a reconstruction of a real gladiator fight. Afterward, move on to the Archaeological Museum of ancient Capua. See exhibited finds that go back to the Iron Age. The final stop will be the Mithraeum of Santa Maria Capua Vetere, a small treasure found almost by accident during an excavation for the construction of a building. Witness one of the most intact testimonies of the practices around the cult of the god Mitra. The frescoes and seating, still perfectly visible, push visitors to travel back to the 3rd century A.D.

Amphitheater of Ancient Capua: 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

Amphitheater of Ancient Capua: 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

On a 2-hour tour of the archeological site of ancient Capua you’ll visit the Roman amphitheater of Spartacus, the Gladiator Museum, and Santa Maria Capua Vetere, the temple dedicated to the god Mitra. Capua was the birthplace of the gladiator revolt led by Spartacus against the Roman Empire, which arose due to the inhumane conditions the gladiators suffered. The battle ended with the complete defeat of the rebels and Spartacus met his death on the field. Thousands were crucified by Crassus along the Appian Way, a road built by Appius Claudius in 312 B.C. to connect Rome with Capua. Visitor the Gladiator Museum with your guide. See the Temple of Santa Maria Capua Vetere, dedicated to the god Mitra. The cult of Mitras is of Persian origin, and was almost certainly brought to Rome by the prisoners of war who later became gladiators. Please note that the amphitheater is closed on Mondays.

Caserta Royal Palace and Spartacus Amphitheater Tour

Caserta Royal Palace and Spartacus Amphitheater Tour

Don’t miss this great excursion with a professional guide and private transportation to the fabulous destinations of Caserta and Capua.  The morning starts with a visit to the amphitheater of the ancient Capua, the second largest in the world after the Colosseum. The tour continues in the afternoon with a transfer to the Royal Palace of Caserta, which is one of the largest and most stunning royal palaces in the world. Stroll through the gardens to see the great waterfall. The park covers 120 acres, with long avenues and many buildings that can be explored either by foot or by cart. At the end of the day, you will enjoy comfortable transportation back to your hotel.

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App works very slowly. But in general, the internet in Naples often disappears and is not stable, even if you are on the surface and not in the subway. We simply registered on the Artecard website and took a scan there. Everything in museums is first class, and in general the same applies to transport. The only thing is that the QR code cannot be read on the subway etc - but the staff always help and let you through. In terms of price-performance ratio: very good.

I just came back from Naples where I used Artecard for 3 days. It is activated on the phone once there but you must have taken steps a few days before. It allows you to go in front of everyone for visits, which is royal. One downside: the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii is not included with Artecard, a big disappointment.

Very great experience to see Naples, Sorrento and Capri. The boat tour around Capri was great. The excavation sites were very nice to see

The signage in Naples is not the best. It's hard to know where to go or where you are.

Everything went well. Unfortunately, some trains were cancelled...