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“Great opera in great atmosphere”
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 18 August 2014

4 visits to Verona with 11 operas in Arena and still not getting bored with the atmosphere of the Arena, quality of the performances and it all! No use to pay for expensive tickets, section E priced 22-28€ is really good if you arrive early, have a cushion with you and get seated to the scene-end of the area. Best places right above the walking paths go fast. Just some wine and grapes and enjoy!
If it rains the delay can be up to 150 min so good to have a raincoat as well. In case the performance will be cancelled after they have started you won't get you money back, thats why the tickets to the stones are a good choice.
Aida: A huge visual spectacle
Madama Butterfly: so beautiful, so desperate, bring napkins for tears
Nabucco: Chorus encore in the middle of an opera, can you imagine to happen anywhere else?
Carmen: Good for even kids, lots of happening on the scene, horses, donkeys, dancers...
Romeo & Juliet: fit in well in Verona, still not in the first line to recommend...
Turandot: Just fantastic visually, musically...
Tosca: Great beginnig, never saw it all because of the rain.
Just pick any of the performances and enjoy as the Romans did for almost 2000 years ago on the same stones!

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

We saw Carmen, just a few days ago. Booked good seats, but was not that comfortable. I recommend to book seats in the centre stalls of the Arena, you will have more space for your legs. The recommendation for formal dress, is not a must to follow, we saw many people wearing jeans and T-shirts.

Thank pepeto
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

I was here with my boyfriend for a concert. I had goosebumps the whole time: it was raining (i was freezing but this isn't the arena's fault) so everything looked more...more, simply ;) Magical location, wonderful history and uncomfortable sits (but when the music starts you really don't care :P).

Thank Elisa P
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

This is not jus a 2000 year oled Roman arena, but also the largest open air opera theater in the world, with magnificent acoustics it is an out of this world experience, a unique opportunity to attend a concert or an opera in one of the wonders of the Romans empire!

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

My wife and I went to see Butterfly and Aida on consecutive evenings. Butterfly was good, but we were half way in centre stalls, where the ticket says formal dress code required, however there were plenty of jeans and T-shirts around. Worse still, the flagrant abuse of mobile phone policy, which is incredibly distracting. Having a bright light from a phone screen shining in your face every few minutes really spoils the atmosphere. What do these people do with these pathetic pictures! The management really do need to clamp down more firmly on this if the Opera di Verona is to restore it's reputation. Actually Butterfly whilst having some dramatic moments, is a bit small for the arena which overwhelms it. For Aida we were second row stalls, and here the arena comes into it's own, playing to the grandeur of the second act. Definitely worth a trip but go for the "big" operas

Thank martinidoc
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