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“A well preserved arena”
Review of Arena di Verona

Arena di Verona
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Owner description: Built in the first century AD, this is one of the best conserved Roman amphitheatres, whose seating area is made up of 44 levels and can hold up to 22,000 spectators.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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“A well preserved arena”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

The entrance is with a fee but there are no guided tours available. You can wander around the arena imagining what went on hundreds of years ago. The arena serves as an open theater today. It is quite impressive in terms of size and built quality.

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Grandest of Grand Opera venues”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

We saw Nabucco with Placido Domingo in the title role (Aug 2013). It was a special occasion for us, and we had the expensive poltronissime seats (at c. €190pp, although the prices vary according to performance). The seats were comfortable, and had plenty of legroom. The poltronissime gold seats in the centre did not appear to add much to the viewing, and exiting at intervals took longer. Looking at the cheaper poltrone seats, these are on the raised tiers, and appeared to have better sightlines (as the steps are fairly steep), although I cannot speak for legroom and seat comfort. However, we could see clearly (although a lady to our right kept her hat on during the performance, so I am not sure what the people behind her could see!).
Acoustics in these expensive seats were fine – we could hear everything clearly, and there was hardly any noise from the audience. Our only reservation were those taking flash photographs (in spite of a formal request not to do so). It is strange that people believe their camera flash can illuminate a stage 150m wide and 50 m away, and even stranger that they do not know how to switch off the flash on an expensive SLR.
Anyway, comfortable seats, great singing and soloists, good orchestra (5 harps!) warm night – no rain. It was everything we wished for, and even better than our previous visit almost 30 years ago!

Visited August 2013
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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“this was our first visit, it won't be our last”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

We attended 2 operas, La Traviata and Rigoletto. Both were experiences we will never forget. We are not avid opera goer's but anyone would enjoy this experience in this great arena.

Visited August 2013
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east anglia
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“A (good) experience to remember!”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Incedible experience I will rememeber for ever. This was the first time I had ever attended opera (La Traviata). Didn't understand a word of it though and neither did some of the locals sitting next to us who were reading the transcript on a iPad! that made me feel a bit better. However I had read a synopsis of this opera so had an idea of what was happening. The staging was incredible and the back drop unbeatable. We were fortunate with the weather - perfect.

I booked from the UK using the official arena website, no problem at all, you can select exactly where you would like to sit or opt for the best seats in your price range. We selected the mid price seats at 70 euros and had a good view of the stage. I managed to get the seats in the row just behind the seats that cost twice as much. Considering the arena was almost full to capacity (15,000) there was no queuing, but I suppose with 100 years of experence they have it all worked out.

There was a mixture of dress from long formal dresses, suits, jeans , t shirts it doesn't matter, whatever you wear you will feel comfortable but if you want to really dress up then this is one of those occassions.

The Opera actually started at 21:00 hrs and finished (for La Traviata) at 00:30 hrs, lots of cafes and restautants stayed open post opera until 03:00.

Visited August 2013
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Queretaro City, Mexico
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“Opera in Verona, a MUST”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Enjoyed La Traviatta on a warm evening. Thoroughly enjoyed. A local informed us to read the story of the Opera prior to going to be able to follow and enjoy it. It was a great tip.

Visited July 2013
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