COORDINATES: 41º20’10.22’’N // 14º10’10.17’’E
TIPOLOGY: Samnite Theatre-Temple. Not urban.
DATE: I B.C.
CAPACITY: 1.200 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing South-east. Carved on rock. The following is a hypothesis, result of evidences found: Maenianum: Ima cavea with 8-9 rows of seat; Media cavea with 7-8 rows of seats; Summa cavea, that was probably covered, had 4-5 row of seats.
ORCHESTRA: 11 m. diameter. Carved on rock.
STAGE BUILDING: There are some remains.
LOCATION: On San Nicola mountain, North-east of Pietravairano.
MY BEDSIDE TABLE:
http://asmvpiedimonte.altervista.org/Pietravairano/Lombardi_teatro_sannitico.htm#_ftn1 // Tosi, Giovana; “Gli edificio per spettacoli nell’Italia romana”. Roma, Quasar, 2003.
OUT OF PRINT: The ancient Theatre-temple was discovered in 2001 by Nicolino Lombardi. I visited Pietravairano´s ancient theatre two weeks ago. I arrived at the foot of Mount Nicola, at 12 am when the sun went down like lead. I hesitated between two roads, there was a nearby house and I asked in Italian to a man about what direction to take, he replied me politely, with a big smile, in perfect Spanish, the Spanish, he told me, he had taught living with Spanish emigrants in Switzerland. We exchanged smiles and I continued my path, to the disbelief of the Italian immigrant who could not believe that I was going to climb the mountain at that hot hour in the morning. It was exciting, despite the intense heat, uncover the little theater-temple Pietravairano. When I came down the mountain I found the man again, greeted him to say goodbye but he insisted to take a glass of cold water and I could not refuse it. His wife insisted on inviting me to eat, I was a bit rushed because I wanted to visit, on the same day, Rocavecchia di Pratella´s ancient theatre, lost in a nearby mountain of Pietravairano. When I realized I was sitting in front of a plate of spaghetti, sharing a table with my new friend, his wife, their daughter and her boyfriend. It was a wonderful meal, full of smiles and nice words, a meeting where one can perceive that magical twinning of the Mediterranean peoples, there is something that unites us, in joy and in adversity. Thanks my Pietravairano´s friends for all your kindness.