Named after the Emperor Augustus’s nephew, Teatro Marcello or Theatre of Marcellus is an ancient open-air Roman theatre, once home to splendid performances of music and drama. Three tall columns survive from the Temple of Apollo Medicus, built in 433 BC and nearby are the ruins of the Temple of Bellona built in 296 BC.
The ancient Roman theatre has been partly rebuilt and partly restored. In the XVI century a palace was constructed in part of its huge Cavea and the façade remains. The theatre, planned by Julius Caesar, was dedicated in 13 or 11 BC by Augustus to its nephew Marcellus.
Private apartments have been built atop the theatre and magnificent concerts are still held in the dramatically lit up surroundings in the summer months. Leaving the archaeological area, you find yourself on the wide Via del Portico d’Ottavia, the main street of the old Jewish Ghetto.