L'Arena di Verona

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Piazza Bra, Verona, Italy
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Andy99 Andy99
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A Roman ampitheatre still in use Oct 01, 2012
Arriving in Verona, one of the first structures that will greet you is the Arena. The Arena di Verona is not just another ruin from Roman times. It is still very much in use. The Arena was built about 30 and is a near contemporary of the Colosseum in Rome. It was built very much like the Colosseum, too, with three ring walls, a decorative outer wall of limestone and inner walls of stone and brick, and 44 tiers of spectator seats. (It was third behind the Colosseum in seating capacity.) Typical Roman entertainments consisting of gladiatorial combats, wild animal hunts, and mock battles were staged here.

The outer limestone wall collapsed in a earthquake in 1117. Only a fragment remains and the arena viewed today is the middle stone wall. Verona began conserving the Arena in the 16th century and it has been well preserved.

In 1913, an anual summer opera festival was inaugurated at the Arena. The festival continues today, presenting four operas each summer. The Arena is well known for its large-scale productions of large-scale operas like Aida and Turandot. Lately, Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, a French operatic treatment of Shakespeare's play, has been popular. In the off season, the Arena is a venue for pop and rock concerts. I really like the fact that a theatre nearly 2,000 years old is still an active performance venue!

There are tours. When we were there, though, a crew was setting up for a concert by Adriano, an Italian pop singer. I did get into the gift shop, where audio and video recordings of Arena productions are sold.

Part of the City of Verona UNESCO World heritage site.
Arena di Verona
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ilserita says:
Posted on: Dec 24, 2012
spocklogic says:
I was in Verona about 10 years ago during Opera season. This small city is quite busy then and people congregate outside the theater on the street to listen to the music from inside. It's something quite special I think...
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012
Dr_Seuss says:
Congrats on the feture Andy. Need to get yourself back there to see a performance 8)
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012
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ffu ffu
3 reviews
Nice place to Go! Jul 06, 2011
This place is a good place to go. we can go inside the arena and feel such as an audience. Even the weather sometime is too hot, but the view is so amazing. student will get a discount for sure here. But sometime the is a performance stage there so, an amazing real view sometime blocked by the stage.

On summer, a lot of tourist will come and we will need to Que til the road. (and depend on your luck. by the way, arena d Verona is a good place to go. near to the arena is also some attraction that can be visited. nice small garden and a lot of small shop around the arena.

have a good trip to Arena. other than arena, not too much MAIN attraction at Verona to be honest. if you have a money, shopping here is a good place, but not for B&B. that what I think. feel free to contact me on fiieq@yahoo.com if any question.
Miranda-Maas Miranda-…
144 reviews
Maybe the best place to go to the opera Aug 24, 2007
The arena in Verona is the 3rd largest Roman Amfitheater in the world and it's still used as a theater! During the day, you can visit the theater to see how it looks inside and to see how immense the theater actually is. In the season (june, july and august)operas are performed in the arena and that's so amazing! I've been 3 times in this theater to visit operas (Aida, La Traviata and Nabucco) and i had a great time. The atmosphere is so great. You're sitting outside, under the stars, listening to great music. When the opera is finished you can have a drink in one of the many cafes around the arena. It doesn't have to be expensive, there are expensive but also very cheap seats available. It's just a great event and you really should visit an opera when you have the opportunity.

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