The Verona Arena

The Arena of VeronaPhotography by Carlos Dorce

The Arena of Verona
Photography by Carlos Dorce

We have moved from Firenze to Venice and we have had lunch in Verona. Verona is very famous for being the stage of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as we can read in the prologue:

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children’s end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.

However, the main tourist attraction of he city is the Arena which is a Roman amphitheater built in the Ist century AD.  It was the forth biggest amphitheater of the Roman Empire due to its 30.000 “seats”. Mathematically, we can stand out the elliptical shape of its stage so we have again another mathematical reason to admire this Roman monument.

Source: Google Maps

Source: Google Maps

Location: Arena (map)


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