Arena Di Verona, Verona

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Address: Piazza Bra, 1, 37121 Verona, Italy

Phone: +39-0458005151

Ticket Price: 6 EUR

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Timings: 08:30 am - 07:30 pm Details

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About Arena Di Verona, Verona

This massive arena was built in AD 30 and could host about 30000 spectators at that time. The arena was used for a number of sports events and viewers used to come from far off places.

Built out of white and pink limestone from Valpolicella the façade was a marvellous structure. However, destroyed in a major earthquake in 1117; it still remained an attractive sight for visitors in the medieval times.

During the Renaissance the arena was first used for theatrical performances. Later on with the rise of Italian opera, and the initiative of Giovani Zenatello the operatic performancescommenced on a regular basis. Giuseppe Verdi's Aida was staged in the 20th century to mark birth of Verdi.

Presently during June-august about 4-6 performances are scheduled. Tickets for the same are available both online and at the sight itself. The arena can now house about 15000 people (for security reasons) and witnesses a footfall of 500000 people every year. Some of the operas conducted here are: Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi and Renata Tebaldi. Adding to the beauty of the performances none of them have used a microphone or any other electronic device till 2011!

Apart from opera and theatrical performances the Arena has been well used for concerts too, to list some: Laura Pausini, Pink Floyd, Alicia Keys, One Direction, Simple Minds,Duran Duran, Deep Purple, The Who, Dire Straits, Mike Oldfield, Rod Stewart, Sting, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Björk, Muse, Paul McCartney, Jamiroquai, and Whitney Houston.

For all you Bollywood fans out there, the blockbuster film Rockstar starring Ranbir Kapoor and directed by Imtiaz Ali has opening and closing scenes from the Arena itself with beautiful music composed by AR Rahman.

Arena Di Verona Information

  • Try to take the stone seats instead of cushioned seat (to save some money).
  • Entry to view the sight is free with Verona card.

Arena Di Verona Ticket Prices

  • Ticket cost are highly depended on event to event.

Arena Di Verona Opening and Closing Hours

  • Recommended time to visit is depends on event list.

How To reach Arena Di Verona by Public Transport

  • Bus: Lines- 11-13, 51, 90-93, 96-98 and 510. 

Restaurants Near Arena Di Verona

  • Trattoria LaGriglia
  • Ristorante Pizzeria Nastro Azzurro
  • Pizzeria Olivo
  • Liston
  • Rialto

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Arena Di Verona, Verona Reviews

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  • The most incredible awe-inspiring place with a fantastic atmosphere before, during and after the performance. We saw an opera here on a beautiful August evening but the general experience of being where people had been for 2000 years, together with the sunset, stole the show for me. The facilities were thankfully much more modern! A definite must-see in Verona and very affordable to watch a performance.

  • The arena is an amazing historical monument, the second largest in Italy. Entry is €10 and cheaper if you have a valid student card. There are explanations of the history in English and Italian. It's one of many beautiful sights worth seeing in Verona, Italia.

  • It's do beautiful and romantic and everything is within walking distance for sightseeing. So much to choose from restaurant wise. Verona is perfect for a two day getaway or two weeks holiday because you can see and do so much in a very short space of time but there is always much more to discover by Staying longer.

  • Always worth a visit whatever time of year. Lots of cafes, bars surround the arena. Beautiful shops and places to people watch. Christmas markets in the piazza is always worth a visit as the town is always beautifully decorated! Well worth a visit!

  • Nice place to see although not big as Roman arena. Quite easy to locate and well preserved. Long queues for getting entry ticket but is well managed. Information about this arena is displayed both in English and Italian, which is also good.

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