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Top tips for visiting the opera in Verona

07 January 2015

High summer in Verona means only one thing – opera. Throughout July and August, the city has a palpable air of excitement as the ancient amphitheatre plays host to some of Verdi’s most spectacular productions.

The Verona amphitheatre at dusk, Italy
The Verona amphitheatre at dusk, Italy

Never seen an opera? The beauty of Verona is that it really doesn’t matter – just the sheer magic of the arena, the orchestra and the spectacular set will be enough to keep you enthralled. Not to mention the candlelit walk to your seat and the sonorous baritone filling the hushed stadium – the Romans certainly knew a thing or two about acoustics.

Verona is, of course, also the city of lovers… at Casa di Giulietta you can gaze at the balcony where Romeo declared his love to Juliet. And those looking for a spot of romance can surreptitiously stroke the statue of Juliet in the hope that some of the passion rubs off!

Casa di Giulietta is one of many medieval and Renaissance buildings that combine to create a city of cinematic beauty; it’s why Verona is now inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

And when the pace of city life gets too much, it’s not far to the chic shores of Garda, Italy’s largest lake, where you can kick-back with a gelato and listen to the laughter, birdsong and natural sounds of summer. Ah, la dolce vita…

Verona Opera top tips…

  • In Roman times they didn’t go in for padded seats – so make sure you take a jumper or scarf to sit on. Alternatively, hire a cushion for €3.
  • Avoid high heels – there are lots of stone steps into the amphitheatre so you’ll be thankful for your flatties!
  • Enjoy a hearty lunch – performances typically start at dusk and finish very late.
  • Take a day out to visit Lake Garda and people-watch over an espresso

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