Arena Di VeronaCurrently Closed
- 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
Arena Di Verona - Review
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 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Arena Di Verona
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
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Arena Di Verona, Verona Reviews
Interesting historic construction! This Arena is amazing. It's a very important relic of the time of the Great Roman Empire. Walking down its aisles under the bleachers is like to go to the past. This construction is now used for concerts. The entrance to visit cost 10 euros for adults. I recommend to visit the Arena, because it is one of the principal attractions of the city.
I went to Arena with my beautiful girlfriend and our best friends, and we watched Aida... ...in a very rainy day :-( Arena is beautiful, magnificent. The Opera play was wonderful, amazing. The organization and assistance were terrible, unfortunately. We coukd only see half of Aida because it started to rain again (as forecast), after that the concert itself started 2.5h late (again, because of the rain, well forecast). No communication to the totally-wet people waiting outside, toilets were a disaster, all completely wet and practically no assistance. Anyways, again: wonderful location, definitely worth a visit, and amazing Opera performances and concerts take place there... ... but you better watch carefully to the forecasts :-)
Our visit was on the day that they were setting up for Romeo and Juliet on Ice. Because of that we couldn't see everything but, quite honestly, there wasn't much more to see. At 10 Euros it is quite expensive but, if you know the history, it is not that bad. What is extremely good is that the arena is still pretty much intact and it must be a great place for concerts, operas i.e. culture. Verona, apart from the arena, is a very interesting city. Well worth a visit.
Pretty awesome. We paid 10E to walk inside but very limited access inside arena but then can walk inside arena which in August is set up with opera seating. We got to watch the opera set being installed with a crane, my partner who is a singer enjoyed testing the acoustics by singing. Acoustics are excellent at stage end. Only 2-3 history panels on the walk which is too minimal. One mentions the water problem from the scavenging of the coliseum stone long ago but not whether or how the drainage problem was fixed.
We had the cheap seats high up. Friends recommended them. In the past it must have been possible to choose your seat by yourself, to enjoy your own food and wine. Now you are not allowed to bring in any bottle with more than 500ml content. You're ushered in seats starting at the top. In August the stones have stored up so much heat that you will sweat all night. Perhaps it is better to come in spring with less heat and less people in Verona. Next time I will go for the expensive seats up front.