Arena Di Verona

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

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 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 Address: Piazza Bra, 1, 37121 Verona, Italy
  • Arena Di Verona Contact Number: +39-0458005151
  • Arena Di Verona Timing: 08:30 am - 07:30 pm
  • Arena Di Verona Price: 6 EUR
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  • 95% of people who visit Verona include Arena Di Verona in their plan

  • 69.05% of people start their Arena Di Verona visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Arena Di Verona

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  • Historical building which is still used for contemporary operatic performances. Visited in early July. At the time of posting the entry fee was €10. Busy and popular tourist 'must see' in Verona. Only a small section was available to walk around as they were preparing the stage for a performance. Long queues to enter and frankly not much to see inside. Not sure what I was expecting but decidedly underwhelmed. Should really be free to enter when it is mostly closed off. It was cool and quiet though. Would have liked more info inside about history etc.

  • You can't go to Verona without seeing the Arena. The ancient stadium was built before the Colosseum and was the fourth largest arena in ancient Rome. That said it looks small from the outside and it's only until you walk in and climbed the steps to the last row that you grasp its true dimensions. Depending on when you arrive there could be a long line or very few people waiting near the two ticket booths at the entrance. An adult ticket is €10 and kids under 12 pay €1. That's a lot for a visit that lasts around 30 minutes but you can't put a price on history and could opt for the Verona card (€18) that includes several other sites. Entry comes with a brochure that explains the Arena's past and you can wander around the corridors populated by spectators in antiquity and prostitutes in the Middle Ages. There is no audio guide unfortunately but tours can be arranged privately. The best time to see the Arena is when there's a concert or event performed. Verona has a popular summer lyric festival that's made even more dramatic with the backdrop of the Arena. Enjoy

  • Just beautiful. We saw Aida and the production was amazing! The costumes, set, and singing were fabulous. It is wonderful that the arena is in such good condition after all these centuries. And the piazza outside is beautiful.

  • The Arena so is magic. When I saw it from the outside I was immediately attracted and astonished. I visited it many times and a couple of times I went there to see few concerts. Everything is so cool when you are inside it. Watching the Opera is something in the Arena is something that everybody should try at least once in a lifetime.

  • Absolutely wonderful...a bucket list event for me Aida was great. Despite being rained off I still thought it was worth the money. Can be done cheaper than an organised holiday tour if you plan. Remember something to sit on if you are not on numbered seating.

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