Milan's La Scala and Parma's Teatro Regio offer performances more likely to attract serious opera fans, but neither offers a greater spectacle than the Arena di Verona. Many Italian opera lovers claim their enthusiasm began when they were taken as children to a production at the arena. During the venue's summer season, from July to September, as many as 16,000 attendees sit on the original stone terraces or in modern cushioned stalls. Most of the operas presented are the big, splashy ones, like Aïda or Turandot, which demand huge choruses, lots of color and movement, and, if possible, camels, horses, or elephants. Order tickets by phone or through the Arena website: if you book a spot on the cheaper terraces, be sure to take or rent a cushion—four hours on a 2,000-year-old stone bench can be an ordeal.
Box office, Via Dietro Anfiteatro 6/b, Verona, Veneto, 37100, Italy
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