Visiting Arena di Verona is a must when visiting the romantic Italian city. Arena di Verona, the ancient amphitheatre from the first century AD is not without a reason the symbol of the city. Once used to entertain the masses (up to 30 000 !!), the Arena is still nowadays in use for both concerts and operas. However, during the day the big Arena of Verona is open to visitors. During evening events there are literally entrances all around the arena, while there is only one during the day. If you’re coming from (the direction of the train station Porta Nuova &) Piazza Brá, walk straight towards the arena and you will find the entrance to your left. Otherwise, the big queue of people will easily demonstrate you where to go. Queuing at the Arena di Verona Ticket Office can cost you crucial time, but luckily there is an option to skip the lines when visiting Arena di Verona in beautiful Verona. If you want to have something to do during the waiting time, what about a Pizza from nearby?
Skip the ticket office lines at Arena di Verona
The key to saving time, and costs, is Verona Card. Available for either 24 or 48 hours, the card offers you free entrance to the main sights and attractions in Verona, and especially at Arena di Verona, you are eligible to skip the (usually large long) ticket office line. Though you will have to stand in another line, the “other” line is much shorter and as you don’t have to pay anything, getting your actual entrance ticket for Arena di Verona takes literal seconds (in comparison to having to pay in cash, which is just a time-consuming process). So yes, getting the Verona Card (see here where you can buy it from certified retailers) will not only save you some money, you can also save time visiting Arena di Verona.
How much time to calculate for a visit to Arena di Verona
In my opinion, visiting Arena di Verona is a mandatory tourist activity in Verona. However, it’s not like you can spend hours and hours there exploring the individual history of every stone they used to build this magnificent stage, it’s still more like coming, seeing, leaving. According to the time stamps of my own pictures, I have spent a total of 35 minutes from entering the Arena, skipping the big line to get my ticket, taking photos, filming a short video, cooling off again in the shadow, and leaving again. If you don’t have or want a Verona Card you should calculate around 1 hour for queuing and your visit, with the Card around 30 minutes. Granted, waiting times depend on the time of your visit, and it it’s a typical holiday high-season.
Should you visit Arena di Verona on a trip to Verona?
Yes, absolutely. However, my next visit will definitely be for an actual Event, preferably for an Opera in summer.
Arena di Verona opening hours & best time to visit
During a holiday
everyone most people want to take everything a bit more relaxed and less fast-paced, and often don’t leave their Hotel before 9 am, or sometimes even later. Sleeping in on free days is wonderful, no doubt, but sleeping is cheaper at home than at a stunning location (such as Verona). Attractions often face their peak visitor invasions from 10 till the late afternoon, therefore anything before or after is recommended.