Verona Arena│The Verona Arena (Italian: Arena di Verona) is a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra in Verona, Italy. It was built in the first century, and is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind. To this day, it is still used and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. In ancient times, nearly 30,000 people was the housing capacity of the Arena. These days, for security reasons, the maximum amount of people allowed inside for performances is 15,000.
We arrived in Verona late at night, after a day filled with much adventure! The day had started in Switzerland, then took up into Liechtenstein, and onto Italy. Verona was the most north western city that we wanted to visit in Italy, so we kept driving until we arrived there. Our Airbnb hosts were so super amazing that we felt like we were arriving home that evening!
Bright and early the next day, we woke up to have some breakfast and relax in our room for a couple of hours. Out hosts had given us a map and some awesome sightseeing tips. After some food and coffee, Justin went to pick up some snacks at a nearby convenience store, and we got on the road. Since we were so close to the main sights, we left our car where we were staying, and took a public bus. On the way, we realized that we had no taken any money! Of course, we had enough to get on the bus… but not much more than that. While Justin went back to pick up ore money, Eli and I did some exploring. The first big sight that we came across was the Verona Arena.
This building was built in AD 30 in a place which was, at the time, outside of the city walls. The shows and games staged here back then were so famous that spectators came from many other places, often far away, to watch them.
The round facade of the building was originally composed of white and pink limestone from Valpolicella (another area in Verona), but after a major earthquake in 1117, which almost completely destroyed the structure’s outer ring, the stone was quarried for re-use in other buildings.
Since it was so sunny, and our travel stroller only has a small shade cover (our one at home gives Eli shade right down to his feet) he started to lift his legs and rest them on the cover. It seemed like he was looking for relief from the sun. In the above picture, he is asleep with both feet tucked into the stroller hood.
With Eli sleeping, I took a few quiet moments to wander around the Verona Arena, taking in the beautiful alleyways surrounding it. Although there was quite a line outside of the arena, there weren’t too many people out and about when I arrived.
Below, Inside the Verona Arena.
When Justin caught back up with us, we continued to explore this area of Italy.
More on Verona coming soon!