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The Opera Season at the Arena di Verona

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The  Arena di Verona, one of the most famous Roman amphitheaters in the world, hosts its renowned opera season every summer. Traditionally, the season runs from mid-June to early September, offering visitors a rich schedule of performances. Each year, the program includes classic operas by famous composers such as Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini, performed in a breathtaking open-air setting.

For the summer of 2024, opera enthusiasts can enjoy a selection of timeless masterpieces:

  • Aida by Giuseppe Verdi: the symbol of the Arena, with its grand staging and spectacular costumes.
  • La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini: a touching story of love and sacrifice set in bohemian Paris.
  • Carmen by Georges Bizet: a story of passion and tragedy set in 19th century Spain.
  • The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini: a brilliant comedy of errors with lively and captivating music.
  • Tosca by Giacomo Puccini: a gripping plot of love, politics, and betrayal.

In addition to these, there are ballet performances and gala evenings featuring renowned international artists.

Curiosities about the Arena di Verona

The  Arena, built in the 1st century AD, is the third largest Roman amphitheater and one of the best preserved. Originally used for gladiatorial games, it was later repurposed for theatrical performances and concerts. Since 1913, the year of the first opera festival in honor of Giuseppe Verdi’s centenary, the Arena has become a global institution for opera.

One of the unique features of the Arena is its extraordinary acoustics, which allow sound to propagate naturally without the need for electronic amplification. This creates an exceptional auditory experience for spectators, who can enjoy the purity and power of opera voices in a unique historical setting.

Reaching the Arena di Verona from Relais Corte Guastalla

Relais Corte Guastalla, located in the tranquil Veronese countryside, is an ideal choice for those wishing to combine a relaxing holiday with evenings of high culture. The  Arena is easily accessible by car from the relais, with a journey of about 30 minutes.

For those wishing to park conveniently in the center of Verona, there are several parking options available. The most convenient parking areas are:

  • Parcheggio Arena: located in Piazza Bra, a few steps from the Arena.
  • Parcheggio Cittadella: located about a 10-minute walk from the Arena, in Piazza Cittadella.
  • Parcheggio Saba Isolo: located near the Roman Theater, about a 15-minute walk from the Arena.

From the parking lot, a short walk through the charming streets of Verona’s historic center will lead directly to the amphitheater. It is advisable to arrive a bit early to enjoy the city’s atmosphere and perhaps have an aperitif in one of the numerous cafes in the area.

The opera season at the Arena di Verona is an event that attracts music lovers and tourists from all over the world. With its rich program of performances, the fascinating history of the amphitheater, and the ease of access from Relais Corte Guastalla, it is a cultural experience that remains etched in the hearts of those who attend. Do not miss the opportunity to experience an unforgettable evening under the stars, immersed in the magic of opera and the timeless beauty of the Verona Arena.

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