Arena di Verona – The Amphitheatre of Verona
The “Arena di Verona” is the third largest Roman amphitheatre in Italy, superceded only by the Coliseum in Rome and Anfiteatro in Capua (Campania). Built in the first century A.D. the Arena is still fully functional. Initially it was estimated that the Arena would have held 30,000 people while today it seats about 22,000.
The Arena was built outside of the original city walls because the main attraction was the gladiator. It was feared that bringing all of the people into the inhabited areas could have created unrest and congestion. During the sixth century parts of the outer walls of the Arena were disassembled for building materials. The great earthquake of the twelfth century finished off the outer ring leaving the existing structure.
During a modern renovation, the 1800s, a complete hydraulic system was found under the main field along with numerous rooms and staging areas. The artifacts found were collocated in the Museo Archeologico del Teatro Romano. This is another destination well worth visiting if you have the opportunity to see the Arena.
Today the Arena is famous for its opera season. The wide stage and natural setting make the Arena perfect destination for the most elaborate scenes of the great opera companies. In 1913 the Arena became the premier stage for both opera and symphony; the Arena’s unique dimensions are the perfect compliment for the elaborate scenes of the Aida.
This year’s season begins the 24th of June and ends the 27th of August. If you are in Italy during the summer this is unique experience that cannot be matched in a different location. Whether or not you appreciate opera, this experience will remain impressed forever on your soul and is well worth your time.
The various presentations, dates and the actors can be found through these links:
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