Verona Amphitheatre

Verona, Italy

The Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheatre built in 1st century. It is still in use today and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind. In ancient times, nearly 30,000 people was the housing capacity of the Arena.

The building itself was built in AD 30 on a site which was then beyond the city walls. The round façade of the building was originally composed of white and pink limestone from Valpolicella, but after a major earthquake in 1117, which almost completely destroyed the structure's outer ring, except for the so-called 'ala', the stone was quarried for re-use in other buildings. Nevertheless it impressed medieval visitors to the city, one of whom considered it to have been a labyrinth, without ingress or egress.

The first interventions to recover the arena's function as a theatre began during the Renaissance. Some operatic performances were later mounted in the building during the 1850s, owing to its outstanding acoustics. In 1913, operatic performances in the arena commenced in earnest due to the zeal and initiative of the Italian opera tenor Giovanni Zenatello and the impresario Ottone Rovato.

In recent times, the arena has also hosted several concerts of international rock and pop bands.



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Founded: c. 30 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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A D (11 months ago)
Amazing age and history. But not much to see. It's a large Colosseum just like you see in History shows. But no other things like chariots or gladiator stuff. Just the giant circle of stone and the amphitheater itself. Still kinda cool!
Jip Hekerman (12 months ago)
Beautiful arena in the center of the city. I would tell you its a must see, but if you are visiting Verona you will see it anyways since it is in the middle of the city center. The line to go inside was long (we waited about 45 minutes) , the price for what you get is quite high. It is nice to see but if you are short on money I would suggest to admire its beauty from the outside.
Katharina M (13 months ago)
We very much liked it. The flair of the old arena is incomparable and very much suited for Italian operas. Apparently, you used to be able to picnic. This is not possible anymore. 1 bottle of water with max 500ml capacity is the maximum. Unfortunately the points of sale in the arena are scarce and very long cues happen during the breaks. Security staff is very, very friendly and looks after the belongings you could not bring in with eagle eyes. Thank you!
Julio Iglesias (13 months ago)
DO NOT TRAVEL ONLY FOR A PLAY. The place is incredible; you only need to see the pictures and the acoustic is fantastic. Just be aware this is an open theater so if it there some rain, it does not matter how little, the show will stop! That will wait up to 2hrs to continue, but if the rain does not stop the play will be cancelled. This place should be in your check list if you are staying for at least a couples of days so you can enjoy something else if the show got cancelled.
Ishan (2 years ago)
This is one of the best conserved Roman amphitheatres, whose seating area is made up of 44 levels and can hold up to 22,000 spectators. It is still in use today and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performance. You will feel at first that you are standing in front of Colosseum. Extremely beautiful. Went here few years back and hope to visit the place once again in near future.
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