It never fails. A teenage boy must yell "Are you not entertained?" when visiting any sort of Roman amphitheater. The amphitheater at Santa Maria Capua Vetere was made recently famous by the STARZ network show "Spartacus" and it is one of a few ideal places to bring teenagers. After a lecture about preserving antiquities for posterity, it is a good place for an old-fashioned game of Hide and Seek. Add a few poses as gladiators and your teenager will remember the day for a lifetime.
With three different types of Roman opera (Roman concrete and brick techniques) it is the perfect place to observe Roman engineering. The gentle ellipse of the amphitheater's plan is best observed in the hypogeum, or subterranean passageways. The dimply lit ancient steps that lead underground will make you and your teenagers feel like Indiana Jones on an adventure.
Go on a sunny day in February for few crowds and perfect pictures! Take some time to explore Santa Maria Capua Vetere - a charming town with many surprises.