Arena of Verona

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In 30 A.C. under the reign of Emperor Augustus, Verona built an arena outside the city walls. The arena has an elliptic form 152 meters long and 128 meters wide while its walls are 32 meters tall. An ingenious system of pipes and drains was built under the arena to bring water inside in order to organize certain games.

Only a small part of the exterior survives today and can be recognized by the four arcades on the top of the walls. The Arena of Verona was constructed with blocks of white marble which arrived from the Valpolicella region.

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The Arena of Verona is one of the most important arenas still standing now. It competed with the Coliseum in Rome and the amphitheater of Capua in terms of size: in ancient times it was able to host up to 30 000 people. The Arena held circus games (ludi), horse races, gladiator fights, and other shows popular among the Roman people. From the Middle Age until the 18th century, the purpose of the arena was to provide entertainment and a space for tournaments. Over time, the arena started to offer more cultural events as well.

In 1913, the Arena of Verona welcomed its first opera, “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi, to commemorate the one hundred year anniversary of the birth of the compositor. This great initiative was organized by the Italian opera singer Giovanni Zenatello and the impresario Ottone Rovato. Since 1913, every summer the Arena welcomes operas from all over the world; it is a wonderful place to listen to this music as the arena has a very nice acoustics.

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Arena of Verona

Verona - Arena - Piazza Bra
Verona - arenaVerona - Arena interiorVerona - view from the top

In 30 A.C. under the reign of Emperor Augustus, Verona built an arena outside the city walls. The arena has an elliptic form 152 meters long and 128 meters wide while its walls are 32 meters tall. An ingenious system of pipes and drains was built under the arena to bring water inside in order to organize certain games.

Only a small part of the exterior survives today and can be recognized by the four arcades on the top of the walls. The Arena of Verona was constructed with blocks of white marble which arrived from the Valpolicella region.

Things to see

The Arena of Verona is one of the most important arenas still standing now. It competed with the Coliseum in Rome and the amphitheater of Capua in terms of size: in ancient times it was able to host up to 30 000 people. The Arena held circus games (ludi), horse races, gladiator fights, and other shows popular among the Roman people. From the Middle Age until the 18th century, the purpose of the arena was to provide entertainment and a space for tournaments. Over time, the arena started to offer more cultural events as well.

In 1913, the Arena of Verona welcomed its first opera, “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi, to commemorate the one hundred year anniversary of the birth of the compositor. This great initiative was organized by the Italian opera singer Giovanni Zenatello and the impresario Ottone Rovato. Since 1913, every summer the Arena welcomes operas from all over the world; it is a wonderful place to listen to this music as the arena has a very nice acoustics.

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