We visited Verona 3 years ago. We loved the area around the arena and felt quite intrigued by the massive props wheeled in and out of the arena...so last Summer, we returned to lake Garda and I booked tickets to see the Aida! We are not opera connoisseurs but I thought this could be a family experience to remember. We will! The anticipation before the "show", the heat, the queues, the cheer crowds packed like sardines in a boiling hot arena! it was quite exciting really...you buy those cushions to make sure you sit comfortably on the stone, the problem to read the story to make sure you know what it is about...no subtitles !Initially also, entering the arena with already 100s of spectators was exhilarating, witnessing the sun going down , small candles being lit up , but then we lost it: the opera was very very very long. Each change of scenery took 30 minutes with ice cream and drinks vendors struggling to find a passage through the mass of people.With all the breaks and intervals it felt like never ending. Then slowly our bodies gave in too. An elderly lady was virtually sat on my feet and I was trying not to lean my back on the person sitting behind me!! My husband who is quite tall struggled to find space for his legs! The kids were uncomfortable and drained. Slowly people were giving up and left . There was one big cheer when the musicians played the "famous" tune and then we all got fed up again. Too long , too uncomfortable.Unless you get the very expensive seats at the bottom where they had chairs and champagne!!!
We got back to the hotel very late because it was impossible to get out of the city at this time in the night 2am ? I forgot. I wiped it out of my memory!!! But if you must go, do get the cushions, water, if you have back problems or aches and pains when static, dont bother! And do park next to the arena (5 minutes walk) and do pay the fee before you go to the opera. The queue is insane after the show!
I marked the opera as average because it wasnt poor. In a way it was an experience, just not the one I expected!
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