This marvellous roman amphitheatre built in the 1st century AC is the symbol of the city. Only four arches and three levels of the outer walls have survived, while the second circle with 72 arches and two levels is intact. The oval-shaped interior has terraces ("cavea") formed of 44 steps that surround the stalls. It can hold twenty two thousand spectators. The name "arena" comes from the latin word for the sand used to cover the stalls area. It was lavishly embellished by sculptures, but unfortunately little of these remain. The most important examples are conserved in the Archaeological Museum (Museo Civico Archeologico).
In Roman times it was used for gladiator combat and wild animal "hunts" and throughout the medieval age for fairs and tournaments. In 1913 it became the most important open-air lyric theatre in the world and today in July and August hosts magnificent lyric performances.
Address and hours :
Piazza Bra, tel. 0039.045. 8003204
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 7 pm. Last entrance 6.30 pm; closed Monday.
During the lyric season, in the performance days, you can visit the Arena is from 9 am to 3.30 pm.
Lyric season information
Ufficio Stampa Fondazione Arena di Verona, phone 0039.045. 8051861
Box Office, phone 0039.045.8005151; fax 0039.045. 8013287
Web site: www.arena.it