Arena Di Verona3824 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 07:30 pm]
- Address: Piazza Bra, 1, 37121 Verona, Italy
- Timings: 08:30 am - 07:30 pm Details
- Phone: +39-0458005151
- Ticket Price: 6 EUR
- Tags: Arena, Historical Site, Entertainment, Performance
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 Travel Tips
- Try to take the stone seats instead of cushioned seat (to save some money).
- Entry to view the sight is free with Verona card.
Entrance Ticket Details For Arena Di Verona
- Ticket cost are highly depended on event to event.
Arena Di Verona Hours
- Recommended time to visit is depends on event list.
How to Reach Arena Di Verona
- Bus: Lines- 11-13, 51, 90-93, 96-98 and 510.
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95% of people who visit Verona include Arena Di Verona in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
59.57% of people start their Arena Di Verona visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Arena Di Verona
69.84% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Arena Di Verona
Arena Di Verona Reviews & Ratings
I love the idea that this monument is being used nowadays as place for opera festivals and other events. This way it's more than open air museum - it remains vital part of the city of Verona. For more than 2000 years... speaking of sustainable design... This is true Italian spirit. Preserve and appreciate your past, your roots and heritage, but be practical about it and use it to modern needs
Impressive from the outside but not really much to see inside. It is used for opera so it's full of plastic seating and the layout is like any modern football ground. Not really worth the entry fee.
The arena is absolutely amazing. It is definitely worth watching a show here. However, if you are not on one of the more expensive seats and are sitting directly on the stone of the arena, I recommend bringing a pillow to sit on as it can be very uncomfortable.
Large and well maintained Roman amphitheatre that still hosts live events. We went to see Aida, and were treated to world-class opera, even despite the intermittent rain bursts that eventually meant we had to go home at the end of the third act. However, a pleasant evening had all round.
Having being to Italy a number of times I've been enthralled like all by Roman remains. This was my first time to Verona and I was very much looking forward to visiting the amphitheatre. Famous for hosting opera performances for which I had no interest in I was disappointed to find seating and a stage being prepared blocking all view of the inner ruins themselves. Having paid €30 entry for 2 adults and 2 students it was a RIP off. My advice is enjoy the view of the outer architecture for free from the nice park outside and treat yourself to a nice coffee in one of the many cafes.