Arena of Verona: twenty centuries of history
The Amphitheatre , better known as the Arena of Verona, was erected in the first half of the century A.D. outside the city walls. It could accommodate about 30,000 spectators; more than 20.000 people reached Verona when gladiators fights were organized in summer time. From the Middle Ages onwards tournaments were held in the amphitheater of Verona, rides, carousels, sporting events, theater performances, etc. …
Since 1913 the Arena is the seat of a prestigious opera season in the months of July, August and September; every summer are performed about fifty operas.
The elliptical building, was originally equipped with four rings and three galleries. The outer ring or the fassade was completely out of stone. Today, only a small part of the fassade has survived after the earthquake of the year 1117.
The capacity of the Arena is therefore reduced to 22,000 spectators. In addition to the auditorium, podium, arena and vomitoria, which are parts of great archaeological interest, it is also possible to visit the ambulatory, arches and corridors.