Arena di Verona, Verona

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Built in the first century CE, Arena di Verona--one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters--has served as an opera venue since 1913. Thanks to the amphitheater's incredible acoustics, electronic microphones were not used here they were finally installed as a sound reinforcement system in 2011. The arena has hosted Alicia Keys, The Who, and Pearl Jam, as well as some of the world's most noteworthy conductors and opera singers. Sitting in the stands, you'll be transported back to Roman times when more than 30,000 people filled the seats to watch shows and games. Plan your visit to Arena di Verona and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Verona sightseeing planner .
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  • Arena di Verona is an excellent sample of ancient buildings, which is well preserved. Unlike the Colosseum, this existing building, which hosts various concerts, as well as classical music festival.
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  • The symbol of Verona, wonderful to attend concerts or events. Would be excellent with some restoration. But it is wonderful to see.
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  • Beautiful, must see! attached to piazza delle erbe and many modern hotels, restaurants for tourists, but they all have eyes just x this amazing construction, must see
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  • 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.
  • tourist do be aware that this is a music venue with much of the arena closed to the public and the main arena filled with modern seating, electric lights, an orchestra pit and a stage. You can walk around the outer corridor and that's it. That said a lot of renovation and repair to make it a safe music venue. open air concerts would be good here.
  • 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 went to see the "Barber of Seville" during Verona's summer opera fest and it was a lovely production - Very grand and full of pageantry with great voices. However, the experience was ruined by the blatant racism of the docents who take your tickets and check your bag at the gates. Technically, you are not supposed to bring any outside food or drinks into the arena, including water. However, this rule is largely ignored - after all, the opera is held from 8:45 to about 12AM and people often bring in food and buy water bottles during the intermission. I had already been allowed admittance into the gate with my bottle when I realized I was in the wrong section and had to exit and re-enter (and go through security again) at another gate. Naturally, the eco-refillable water bottle I carry with me always was rejected by security at this gate, despite being waived in twice before. I am not asking for special treatment or to be allowed to flout the law. However, I am asking to be treated like everyone else. About 2/3rd of the line in front of me were carrying obviously newly purchased water bottles and the docent didn't even so much as blink. Only when he saw me was it suddenly unacceptable. I don't care what political/migratory issues Italy is facing - it is not an excuse to project your fears and anxieties on anyone who doesn't look like you. It is frankly intolerable treatment and one of the other younger docent watching on seemed to know this because he had a panic moment before ushering me away and suggesting I enter at a different gate.
  • Incredible experience! We bought cheap seats €25 each and brought our own cushions. Wine was €5 a cup. The view was fantastic! Didn't plan on staying for the whole thing as Aida is very long, however, we did stay as it was so fantastic. Highly recommend going to the Arena to see the opera as a must do in Verona. You can bring in water under 500mls and a small snack if needed. I would also recommend mosquito spray.
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