In Verona, I am delighted to visit The Arena di Verona, a Roman amphitheater, is one of the greatest and most prestigious archeological monuments in Europe. Today, the Arena of Verona is still famous for being the most important contemporary “archeological theater”.


The Arena was built in the first century A.C. during the final years of the Emperor Augustus, and has been a powerful and suggestive venue for entertainment since the very beginning of its existence.


Gladiatorial fights in the Christain Era, jousts, tournaments, corride, dances, circus performances and ascents of hot-air balloons took place against a naturally scenic background.


From 18th century onwards, theatrical performances became a constant feature. The solemn Congress od the European Nations, which took place in Verona in 1822 and Rossini composed as well as directed in the Arena the cantara “La Santa Alleanza” (The Holy Alleanza), for all European sovereigns.


In 1842 Rossini´s Stabat Mater was performed in the Arena and in the 20th century the amphitheater was the venue for films set in the Roman era. The first continuous opera season began on August 13th, 1913 and since then the Arena do Verona has become the largest open air opera house in the world.


The Arena forms an ellipsis of 138,77m in length, with its inner major axis of 73,68m and minor axis of 44,53m. The Auditorium has 45 steps with an average height of 45cm.


Entering the Arena costs €4 and a extra charge for an audio guide through this telephone-look-alike machine.