Verona Arena

I expected the arena at Verona to be in ruins. Imagine something belonging to first century AD… I had pictured it to be something like crumbling walls, broken arches, the seats in shambles… but NO. Not this arena. It is an ‘intact piece’. There were no major marbled decorations or carvings, nevertheless the structure seemed complete.

We were there on a Sunday evening, after driving down from Venice, we checked into a hotel and then rushed to see the must see places around. I was worried if the visiting hours would be over, since the plan was to leave for Lucerne the next morning we had very little time in hand. When we reached the arena, we found the performers were winding up just after a performance. Oh! What a miss!

Romans had built this arena for gladiator fights, tournaments, races and markets. It was damaged in 1117 due to an earthquake. It is smaller today than what it used to be in 1st AD, the restoration and maintenance works in it has preserved this in a wonderful usable condition. The tickets for those red seats are the most expensive but given a chance i would prefer to sit on those grey seats and watch a performance. The interiors were equally impressive, tunnels all along, steps leading to the seating arrangement. A special entrance for the performers, the arena has featured many of world’s most notable opera singers.

This is definitely the best monument to see in Verona.

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29 Responses

  1. Dina says:

    It is so big and beautiful.
    I would join you in chosing the stone seats.

  2. Sylvia K says:

    What an incredible post, Indrani! And of course your photos are superb as always. What an amazing place. I've seen this type of arena while in Greece and was amazed at how many were still is such great shape. The other thing I found amazing were the acoustics — we were sitting up about thirty rows, our tour guide was in the center of the arena, speaking very quietly and we could hear everything perfectly! I know you're having such a marvelous trip and I'm so happy that you're sharing it with us through your wonderful photos/text! Enjoy!


  3. Anya says:

    Our royal family is allowed to sit on the red chairs……… hehe..

    Its a masterclass shot Indrani
    Special the last one :)))))

    for showing us beautiful Verona!!!

  4. Perry says:

    Thank you for showing this great coliseum! I never knew that it existed. Did you feel like you were in the first century? Very cool photos. Thanks!

  5. Carver says:

    Great tour of the arena. I especially love the tunnels leading there. You did a very good job with the photography and description.

  6. noel says:


    very beautiful photos, i love the story on this arena..

    thanks for sharing this…my world tuesday is on my plant fanatic blog

  7. Anu says:

    it looks beautiful! thats one of the reasons I have always wanted to visit Europe – just for the beautiful way they have preserved these ancient buildings and places…. lets see if i can ever make it… meanwhile, am enjoying going to all these places through your pics!

  8. it's simply grand. excellent photos.

  9. truly, a beautiful place

  10. magiceye says:

    wow it is so impressive that it is not in a shambles!

  11. Vaggelis says:

    fantastic post. lots of info and wonderful captures

  12. ladyfi says:

    Fabulous shots of a great arena.

  13. Regina says:

    Wonderful world!
    Thank you for sharing.

  14. Wolynski says:

    That's a great arena – when things are built to last, they last.

    Great photos.

  15. Excellent captures!
    Impressive – I would love to visit Verona some day ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. A downright spectacular place. We are here only a short while, but our effects can be long-lasting. This is something!

  17. YOSEE says:

    To bad you missed the performance. Too bad I missed Verona itself ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lovely pictures.

  18. radha says:

    Lovely pictures. At times I am glad you do not post the larger pictures. They would look lovely but take a long time for the page to load . And the last one is truly a wonderful shot – that would look lovely on a centre spread of a travel magazine.

  19. What a cool place. Those Romans built things to last.

  20. Sukanya says:

    Lovely and interesting details !! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. What a wonderful time you've been having! Wow! to be there at the Verona arena!

  22. Trotter says:

    Hi Indrani! I saw a fabulous Aida at the Arena some years ago; the only problem was the heat: we started at around 40ยบ Celsius and ended up around 31ยบ at 1:00 a.m. Too hot… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Sorry for the absence, but my computer broke down and Iโ€™ll be waiting a month for it to be fixedโ€ฆ ;-( Anyhow, I left you a post on the suburbs of Ephesus for you to enjoy. Have a great weekend!!

  23. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful shots. Very true, it looks as good as new.

  24. Kamini says:

    Wow, that is incredible! I've never been to Verona, and really want to go now!!

  25. Amazing shots, Would like to get some tips to plan a trip to Europe.

  26. Great pictures, and info.

  27. Hilary says:

    Wow.. just amazing, isn't it? I'd sit with you on those stone seats too. Just beautiful.

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