The Arena

By Admin | Last Updated December 09, 2019

The Roman Amphitheatre Arena di Verona is in Piazza Bra. Built in the 1st century on a site which was then beyond the city walls, it is one of the best ancient structures in the world. This amphitheatre is among the largest in the Roman world - 152 meters long by 128 meters wide and 30 meters high (500 x 420 x 100 ft).

There were three tiers of arches reaching a height of 30 meters (98 feet). Now only two tiers survive, except in one small portion where four arches survive of the top tier. The round facade of the building was composed of white and pink limestone from Valpolicella and can be accessed by buying admission tickets. Below the tiers you will find galleries, cells and passageways that cannot be visited today. You will see the Arena almost immediately entering the city.

In the ancient times the amphitheatre could host more than 30000 spectators but today, for security reasons, the maximum attendance is 15000 people. Nowadays visitors are advised that admission tickets to sit on the arena’s stone steps are much cheaper to buy than tickets giving access to padded chairs available on lower levels. To lit the arena after sunset, candles are distributed to the audience. The opera production of Arena had not used any microphones or loudspeakers until an electronic sound reinforcement system was installed in 2011. 

“Originally built to host circus, equestrian and gladiator events, the Arena today hosts concerts and most famously, opera season every summer.”

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“The Arena was built even before the Colosseum.”

The Arena – Quick Facts

Location  The Arena
Address Piazza Bra, 1, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
Nearest Bus Station VR Piazza Bra, Largo DIV Pasubio Palazzo Pirelli
Fees 10 Euros

  1. Operas like Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, Carmen by Bizet, The Traviata are performed regularly. Each year between June and August the Arena hosts a famous Opera Festival with great success. World stars of fine singing and Rock stars have also performed at the Arena, for example, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple; Whitney Houston and Dire Straits; Road Stewart, Sting and many others. Participating in these evening is very stirring. Immediately after the show starts, at sunset, the spectators light a thousand candles that create a great atmosphere.
  2. Though the Arena houses operas and concerts now, it was once a place where spectators turned up to see blood spill. Wild animals were brought and hunted, prisoners were killed in various ways and trained gladiators would fight to kill each other. Exotic animals were secured from distant places. The gladiators and nights were both Italians and foreigners, from even distant Sweden.

How to Reach

The Arena is located in the Piazza Bra which is well connected by bus and trains. There are ample parking spaces for private cars and big buses too. Parking spaces can be pre-booked online also.