Roman Amphitheater of Syracuse. Built in 21 BC, this might be the first amphitheater ever built. We almost missed this amazing ruin as the main crowd was headed to the much older, and famous Greek Theater (Teatro Greco) built in the Fifth Century B.C.
This Roman design is much different than the Greek theater - notice the square pit in the center (called a naumachia)…it housed crocodiles that feasted upon the corpses of defeated gladiators.
From Dr. Weil in Italy and Sicily