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Verona Opera Festival

Each summer, the famous Opera Festival takes place in Verona and is one of the city's largest cultural events, taking place at the historic and magnificent Arena di Verona. The Arena Verona is an enormous, ancient Roman theatre - the third largest theatre in the world - which is more than 2,000 years old. It is a profoundly special venue to watch opera at; the crumbling ancient facade adds drama and romance to the experience and the fact that it is open-air means the stars shine down on the audience. Visitors will be able to enjoy operas of the calibre of Aida, Turandot, Madame Butterfly and Carmen in one of the world's most spectacular settings. The Arena holds up to 15,000 spectators (more than 500,000 people catch a show there each year). The festival usually consists of about 58 performances of six titles and has three special Gala Nights. For programme details and ticket bookings check the official website listed below. For opera enthusiasts the Verona Opera Festival is a bucket list event, and even for the uninitiated the experience ought to be awe-inspiring.

Venue: Verona Arena (Arena di Verona)

Date: 20 June to 7 September 2014

Website: www.arena.it