I love Europe. I really do. I love the history that is on display in the middle of bustling cities. I love Canada too but it is so young by comparison. There are no royal palaces or crumbling gladiator areas in Toronto. That scenery is unique to Europe and perhaps also Asia.
One of our day trips while we were in Italy was to the neighboring cities of Capua and Caserta.
The first stop of the day was the gladiators training arena in Capua. This arena was where the gladiators fought before making their way over to Rome. It is basically a smaller version of the Roman Colosseum. The outside is pretty crumbled but they have done a good job at preserving the inside and below ground passages.
I think one of the reasons the outside is literally turning to dust is because the government cannot afford to upkeep the place. I find this incredibly sad as it is a beautiful piece of history. This place isn’t like Rome. There were no lines. It only cost us 2 Euro each to go in. And there was only 1 other couple there at the same time as us. (by comparison we waited for 30 minutes to get into the Roman Colosseum, it was crowded and it cost 16 Euro per person). In a way I loved that we had the time and space to explore but I hate to think that this place just be a pile of rubble one day.
Our next stop was the Reggia Palace in Casserta or the Royal Palace. This place was absolutely stunning! It was set up kind of like an art museum. You walked from room to room. Some rooms where set up with paintings, others filled with furniture, other rooms were works of are entirely on their own.
I had a million more pictures. Seriously I took pictures of EVERYTHING. But I can only photo drop so many pictures before people get sick of me. Take my word, it was an exceptional day trip. I learned a ton and saw so many beautiful things. So if your looking for things to do in Italy outside of Rome I recommend a visit to both of these wonderful spots.