Arena Di Verona, Verona
About Arena Di Verona, Verona
Arena Di Verona, Verona - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Piazza Bra, 1, 37121 Verona, Italy
Ticket Price: 6 EUR
Timings: 08:30 am - 07:30 pm Details
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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
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Fortunate enough to see one of the last Aida performances of the season last night. We sat in the 26 Euro seats - at the very top but the acoustics were great and we had an incredible view. Loved that there were "subtitles" available but often was too mesmerized by the show to read. I was incredibly moved to be sitting in the same seats that people hundreds and hundreds of years before me have done. It was a long evening but if you prepare yourself with a cushion to sit on and wine (in a plastic container) you should have a fantastic time. It is also family friendly as I saw lots of kids there...they may have stretched out and slept by the end but what an amazing experience for them!!!
If you are looking to stay several nights in Verona, booking a place near Arena is recommended. Charming atmosphere makes you feel as if the time has stopped. Very crowded during the day, so make sure to take a midnight walk and enjoy the magic the place has to offer.
Not much happening if there are no events at the arena. Spent a better part of the visit reading the placards at the entrance which was very detailed and comprehensive. The placards made you feel more inclusive in the history of the arena than the actual seating area.
Please recognise the helpfulness of my review, by pressing the LIKE button! We visited Verona on 21 August 2017. We enjoyed walking round the arena from the outside and also enjoyed sitting in Piazza Bra. You virtually have to queue for the shaded seats, but it is a lovely setting. As we visited in opera season, there was quite a bit of opera scenery at one side of the Arena which was fun to look at and get some photos next to. We followed the advice of other travellers and did not pay to go inside the arena, but still enjoyed walking round it and spending time in the beautiful Piazza.
The most showy monument in Verona even though not my favourite. Impressive Roman area, perfectly preserved. Impressive location for concerts.
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