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The Roman amphiteatre, the Arena of Verona is one of the greatest and most prestigious archeological monuments in Europe. Built in the first century A.C. during the last years of the emperor Augustus, it forms an ellipsis and is 138,77 m. long, from one end to the other.
On the inside the major axis is 73,68 m. long and the minor one is 44,53 m. long, while the auditorium has 45 steps with an average height of 45 cm.. From the very beginning of its existence, the Arena of Verona has been a powerful and suggestive place of entertainment: gladiatorial fights, jousts, tournemaments and nightly games took place against a rich scenic background.
From the 18th century onwards, theatrical performances became a constant feature. The solemn Congress of the European Nations, which took place in Verona in 1822, deserves a speciam mention: on that occasion, Rossini composed and directed in the Arena the cantata "La Santa Alleanza" (The Holy Alliance), for all European sovereigns. Today, the Arena of Verona is famous for being the most important contemporary "archeological theatre".
The good state of preservation of the monument is clearly due to the way the monument has always been used; as it was in the past, the amphitheatre must also be in the future, an important place for culture, and a harmonious meeting point for society. Today, all this is possible thanks to the annual Opera Festival organized in the amphitheatre.
This massive flux of spectators makes it possible to obtain considerable profits compared to the average incomes of other theatres around the world: the profits coming from the sales of tickets correspond to 60% of costs for organizing and promoting the performances, which is quite unusual for an opera theatre. In fact, the Arena hosts the greatest outdoor theatrical production in Europe, an unique Phenomenon and a great pleasure.

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  • Copyright: amos na (anadai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 0 N: 76] (2687)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2004-07-14
  • Categories: Rovine
  • Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
  • Esposizione: f/3.9, 1/1.25 secondi
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 7:59
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