Arena di Verona
Piazza Brà, 1,
The Verona Arena is a Roman amphitheatre built in AD 30 on a site which was then beyond the city walls.
It is still in use today. It is famous for large-scale opera performances.
It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind. In ancient times, nearly 30,000 people was the housing capacity of the Arena. Nowadays the maximum attendance is 15,000 people.
The round façade of the building was originally composed of white and pink limestone from Valpolicella, but after a major earthquake in 1117, which almost completely destroyed most of the structure's outer ring the stone was quarried for re-use in other buildings.
I rose early one morning to get to the Arena and catch the first light and shadows.
There were some Italian tradespeople working on restoring the rockwork using original material and mortar.
I mentioned that Verona was so beautiful and questioned why no-one had written about it. "But they have", was the reply . "Who?", I responded ... Wry smiles followed ... "Shakespeare, of course" came their reply!! Much laughter followed, including mine.