|Eva was a happy girl at the arena - squealing loudly and listening to her voice echo in the halls... :)|
|These four arches made it through an earthquake in 1711.|
Verona Arena is world-famous for being the largest open air opera house in existence and the world's third-largest amphitheater to survive from Roman antiquity. Many travel sites recommend attending the opera at Verona Arena as a "must-do" item in Italy. It's something we may still try to do later in the year. Neither of us is necessarily a fan of opera, but I'm sure it would be amazing in this venue! You can see from the pictures that crews were preparing the seating and stage in the arena for the evening's performance. Prior to becoming an opera house, the arena was the location for gladiator fights, jousts, circuses, theater, hot air balloon launches and more... It was originally built in 30 AD.
|Imagine walking these halls nervously before competing in a gladiator fight to the death...|
|Here's an outside view from Piazza Bra, a busy area where shops and restaurants surround the arena.|
|Looking down at Piazza Bra from the arena.|
Piazza Bra also had several street performers working for tips... These two were our favorites, but we couldn't figure out how they did it - she even changed her costume mid-air. Impressive! Seriously, that pole looked like the only thing holding her up...
|These street performers were getting ready for a mid-air costume change. How???|