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“Excellent bud expensive.”
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.
Reviewed August 23, 2013

We had the marvelous experience of the new version of Aida. An attempt to elucidate modern conflict between imperialist states using the old scenario. Arena's scene could easily support 300 actors, real cars etc. Bud in order to hear the voices of tenors and prima-donnas you must be seated in the first 20-30 rows. We have the opportunity, bud we pay a lot. I wander if the peoples seated in the back could hear anything. Be prepared that the opera finish very late, about 1am. And don't forget to by champaign in order to keep the glass. It is a collective item. Every year Arena lunch new glass.

Thank Pavlos S
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Verona was all we hoped it would be and an evening at the Arena watching Aida was a rare spectacle.We had booked seats and had been advised to take cushions ,1 to sit upon and 1 for your back ,we were very glad of this advise being in the 60+ category but of course we don't look it only feel like it sometimes. We bought the cushions cheaply at the Sat market which is held each Sat am near the football stadium.

Remember there are lots of steps to most of the seats and not many hand rails so go carefully. The ladies toilets at the interval were heaving and not particularly clean.You can buy drinks at the entrances to the Arena during the intervals.

We had a snack before the performance and dinner after at 1am ----- a great way to finish our first visit to the opera.

Thank isla001
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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.

Thank oferlen
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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!

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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.

Thank tony b
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