The Arena in Verona is the largest Roman amphitheatre in northern Italy. In the whole of Italy, only the Colosseum and the amphitheatre at Capua are bigger. It was constructed early in the first century AD, and it has been the site of gladiatorial combat as well as public executions over the centuries. Nowadays it is Verona's foremost venue for concerts and opera performances, being the focal point of the city's famous opera festival every summer. It has a capacity of 25,000 people.
Things to see in Verona
Via degli Alpini 9
Tel: 045 806 8680.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 0900-1900, Sun 0900-1700.
There are two more tourist information offices in Verona, at the Porta Nuova railway station and at the airport. Staff can help with bookings, practical information and information about the city and the region.
The VeronaCard (www.comune.verona.it/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=2114) gives free or discounted access to museums, churches and other attractions in Verona. Since 1 May 2012, free bus travel is no longer included. Visitors can buy either a one- or a three-day card. The card is sold at museums, churches and tourist information offices.