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Verona Arena

Verona Arena

Quick Facts

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The Verona Arena (Arena di Verona) is a Roman amphitheater in Piazza Bra in Verona, Italy, built in the first century, beyond city walls. Today, the arena maintains a central position in the city of Verona.

It is still in use today and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera productions given there. It is one of the best surviving ancient constructions of its sort.

HISTORY

In ancient times, the arena’s capacity was over 30,000 people. The stage for concerts and opera events limits the available seating to a maximum of 15,000.

The ludi (shows and games) conducted there were so famous that spectators came from numerous other places, frequently far away, to witness them. The amphitheater could hold more than 30,000 spectators in ancient times.

The first attempts to reclaim the arena’s function as an opera venue occurred during the Renaissance. Some operatic performances were later held in the structure during the 1850s, owing to its remarkable acoustics.

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At 1913, operatic performances in the arena begun in earnest due to the energy and initiative of the Italian opera tenor Giovanni Zenatello and the impresario Ottone Rovato. The first 20th-century operatic production at the arena, a staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, took place on 10 August of that year, to honor the birth of Verdi 100 years before in 1813. Musicians Puccini and Mascagni were in attendance. Since then, summer seasons of opera have been mounted continually at the arena, save in 1915–18 and 1940–45, when Europe was overrun in war.

In current times, at least four productions (often up to six) are setup each year between June and August. During the winter months, the local opera and ballet companies perform in the Teatro Filarmonico.

Modern-day passengers are cautioned that entrance tickets to sit on the arena’s stone steps are far cheaper to buy than tickets allowing access to the comfortable chairs accessible on lower levels. Candles are handed to the audience and ignited after sunset around the arena.

Every year around 500,000 people witness renditions of the popular operas in this venue.

HOW TO GET TO THE ARENA?

The location of Arena Verona is very central and cannot be missed, but if you are coming from other areas, bus station at Piazza Bra is the best place to arrive closest to the Arena. Buses numbers 11, 12, 13, and 51 will get you there.

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Interesting facts about Verona Arena

Here are some interesting facts about this amazing ancient landmark:

  • The Arena is one of the best-preserved ancient structures in the world.
  • Because it was built in Its elliptical shape, it  enhances the acoustic quality of the performances.
  • Some operatic performances were performed in the building as early as the 1850s, owing to its outstanding acoustics.

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Last Updated on November 9, 2021 by Tours Editor @ gotravelyourself.com