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How to visit the Arena of Verona

Nestled in the historic center of the city, the Arena di Verona is the most famous monument of the city. Obviously you can't leave out a visit to its interior.

Andressa García

Andressa García

11 min read

How to visit the Arena of Verona

Flavio Ciarafoni |© Arena de Verona sin personas

With more than twenty centuries of history, the Arena di Verona reflects all the past and even the present of the city. Nowadays it is a true symbol, so among the best things to do in Verona is definitely a visit to the Roman Arena.

To visit the Roman Arena of Verona you have to take into account different specifications, such as the opening hours, the price of the tickets, how you can get to this place, the transportation services available to visit the place, among other things.

How to buy tickets for the Arena of Verona

People buying online|© John Schnobrich
People buying online|© John Schnobrich

The tickets to the Arena of Verona can be found in two ways. One of the ways to enter the venue is by going to the ticket office to buy tickets directly outside the monument. The disadvantage of buying tickets this way is that you have to wait in long lines until it is your turn to buy.

Being a symbol of the city of Verona, it is common that the queues of people to buy tickets are so long every day. That is why the best way to buy the entrance ticket is online. With this method, you save minutes of queuing outside the venue. Especially if you have chosen this activity to do in Verona with children, it is important to avoid them getting impatient as much as possible.

On the official website of the Arena of Verona you can buy tickets for concerts and shows that take place both in the Roman Arena and in the Philharmonic Theater. If you are visiting the city and you want to see a show, this is the page you should visit to buy tickets.

On the other hand, if what you want is to take a leisurely stroll through the Arena, either on your own or through a guided tour that takes you around the whole place explaining every detail, then you have to enter the website of Museums of Verona, the official website to buy tickets to the various museums and attractions of Verona.

How much do tickets to the Arena of Verona cost?

1 dollar ticket|© Kenny Eliason
1 dollar ticket|© Kenny Eliason

Tickets to the Arena of Verona can be obtained from 2,10 euro per person, which would be the children's ticket. Of course they can go up in price depending on different factors. The season is not a condition for the price of the tickets, so you can include a visit to the Arena among the things to do in Verona in October, June or any month of the year.

General admission, for example, is priced at about 16 euros per person, which includes the museum entrance fee which is about 11 euros, plus the costs for using the online service which costs about 5 euros more. I recommend you make the visit to the Arena right after taking one of the best tours of Verona, so you can get to know it both inside and out.

For this price, you will have access to the Amphitheater, as well as you will be securing your booking fee and you are finally paying a pre-sale price. In addition, the advantage is that by paying online, you will not have to wait in line when you arrive at the Arena at the time of your visit.

An important thing to keep in mind is that tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable, non-transferable and non-cancelable. Once you buy the tickets, you have to use them, otherwise, you will have to buy new ones.

Take a city tour of Verona

What types of tickets are there? Are there skip-the-line tickets?

People outside the Arena of Verona|©Graham S Paton
People outside the Arena of Verona|©Graham S Paton

Tickets are organized according to the amount of money you have to pay for each ticket. Online tickets always avoid long queues at the box office, although you will also have to queue for a few minutes to enter the venue due to security policies.

As for the type of tickets, there are reduced and general admission tickets, as well as special tickets for children. Each of them has different prices. This is to visit the interior of the Arena and learn about its history and characteristics. Now, if you want to buy tickets for specific events, you can also do it online and without queues.

In the latter case, ticket prices vary according to the place and seats you decide to sit to see the shows. But also the price of tickets to the different shows depends on the type of show you are going to attend and the artists performing.

Are tickets to the Arena Romana included in any of the city passes?

Verona card|©Richard, enjoy my life!
Verona card|©Richard, enjoy my life!

The Arena of Verona is one of the attractions included in the VeronaCard city pass. This is the card authorized by the Italian Ministry of Tourism to allow you to visit the vast majority of the city's tourist attractions. The price of this card varies according to different specific characteristics, such as the duration time.

On the other hand, this card also includes different places of interest in the city, such as monuments, art galleries, squares, among other interesting sites. The visits can be coordinated according to your interests and the places you expect to visit during your tour of the city.

You can choose two types of cards and in both you can include the visit to the Arena of Verona. One has a duration of 24 hours and the other of 48 hours. This means that during the 24 or 48 hours that the card lasts, you can make use of it in any of the attractions of the city.

As for the Roman Arena, you have to know that the entrance through the city card does not guarantee a guided tour, but you have the option of using the audio guide offered by the VeronaCard app.

Are there tickets that include a guided tour and are they worth it?

Inside the arena of Verona|©Elisa
Inside the arena of Verona|©Elisa

On the official website where you can buy tickets to the Arena of Verona, you cannot access guided tours in conjunction with tickets to the venue. The tickets only include the right to see the place inside and, for an additional cost, listen to an audio guide that will tell you everything you need to know about this site of cultural interest.

The only way you can have a guided tour inside the Arena of Verona is if you choose to hire a guided tour in addition to the entrance fee you previously paid. Another option you have is to take a self-guided tour with an audio guide, for which you have three options, the first one is to ask for this service when you buy the ticket online.

The second option is to buy the VeronaCard, the city pass that allows you to move around the most iconic sights of Verona and explain through an audio guide, the most interesting details of each of these places.

The third option is to board the city's tourist bus, which also takes you to the best places in Verona, including the Roman Arena. During the tour, you have an audio guide that will provide you with interesting and relevant information about the Arena and the other places in the city.

Book the Verona sightseeing bus

Are there discounted tickets?

Elderly man sitting on a bench|© Huy Phan
Elderly man sitting on a bench|© Huy Phan

Discounted tickets are also a service you can take advantage of during your visit to the Arena di Verona. General admission, as you know, is priced at approximately 16 euros, but discounted tickets may cost a little less. This type of ticket applies to students with a valid student card, and also for people over 60 years old.

If you are accompanied by your parents or other seniors, you can pay for them a reduced ticket of approximately 13.25 euros each. There are no more reduced tickets for the rest of the visitors, only for people over 60 years old and also for students with their student card.

In the case of children, tickets vary considerably in price, so they are considered special tickets. In the case of tickets for seniors and students, these are prices that are maintained even if you want a guided tour, as long as it is through an audio guide.

You have to remember that if you buy tickets for seniors, it is necessary that upon arrival at the Amphitheater, they show their identity document where the date of birth and age are detailed, otherwise, they will not be able to enter the enclosure even if they have tickets.

Are there special tickets for children?

children at play|©MI PHAM
children at play|©MI PHAM

Of course, children have special tickets to the Arena di Verona. To begin with, children up to 7 years old can enter for free, as long as you get the ticket at the Arena box office.

However, if you want to buy tickets for children up to 7 years old online, you can do so, but you will have to pay an average price of 1 euro per ticket, as payment for the web service. Anyway, buying this way is advantageous because it gives you the opportunity to book in advance, and avoid queues.

On the other hand, these special tickets for children are available both for the self-guided visit and for the guided tour of the site. Children over 7 years old and up to 14 years old, have the opportunity to pay a reduced entrance fee if accompanied by an adult.

In other words, if a child or teenager between 8 and 14 years old visits the museum, he/she will have to pay full admission. But if you go with children of these ages, then you can pay the reduced ticket, which has an approximate price of 2.10 euros each.

Why is it worth buying tickets online instead of at the ticket office?

Person using a telephone|© DocuSign
Person using a telephone|© DocuSign

It is clear up to this point that getting tickets online is more advantageous than buying them at the box office, mainly because this way you would be avoiding queues at the time of entering the venue. It is advantageous to have a reservation when you visit the Roman Arena, especially if you visit Verona in one day and you have little time to see the city.

By booking tickets, you make sure to save your place in the visit, and you can even save some money because at the box office the tickets may cost a little more money than what the online tickets cost.

In the case of children's tickets, you can also get them online instead of waiting to get to the box office to get them. Online tickets can also be secured well in advance, which you cannot do with tickets at the box office.

Opening hours of the Arena di Verona

Outside the Arena of Verona|©luigi valbusa
Outside the Arena of Verona|©luigi valbusa

The Arena of Verona is open all day every day. The monument opens every day at 8:30 am, while the closing time is at 7:30 pm. When there is some kind of special event at the Arena in the evening, visiting hours are shortened to 16:30.

On Mondays it is open between 13:30 and 19:30. Likewise, the opening hours may be shortened to 16:30 if there are shows at the Arena during the night. The evening hours generally depend on the specific shows being presented.

How much time do you need to visit the Arena of Verona?

girl visiting the Arena of Verona|©g.noir
girl visiting the Arena of Verona|©g.noir

To visit the Arena of Verona you need at least an hour, although the time is determined by the type of visit you make, that is, if you go on your own with an audio guide, it is possible that it will take you a little less time to go through the whole place.

If you go together with a tour guide who will show you around, then it is likely that you can take a little more than an hour. Touring the entire venue from the cave to the stage takes time, and during those minutes you will have the opportunity to take multiple photos of the entire venue.

If you are on the city's tourist bus and you happen to get off at the Arena di Verona to see the venue from the inside, something to keep in mind is the waiting time for each bus at each of the stops. On the other hand, if you go to the Arena of Verona with children, then the visit may take even longer depending on the type of visit you have planned for them to enjoy the space.

Best time to visit the Arena of Verona

Arena di verona low crowds|©Andrea Bertucci
Arena di verona low crowds|©Andrea Bertucci

The best advice I can give you about visiting the Arena di Verona is to go early in the day. I know it's a bit difficult to get up early, but it's worth getting up at dawn to enter the first group of visitors to the Arena di Verona. You definitely enjoy the place much more when you see it without so many people around you.

Besides, another advantage of seeing the monument in the morning hours is that the weather will be much nicer and you will have the opportunity to take much clearer and colorful pictures, without so many crowds during the visit.

As for times of the year, you can definitely include the Arena of Verona among the best places to visit in Verona in summer, because the temperatures are much more pleasant and you can enjoy the shows that take place in the Arena, such as the highly acclaimed Opera festival.

How to get to the Arena of Verona?

Piazza Brà, Verona|©Bernard Blanc
Piazza Brà, Verona|©Bernard Blanc

The Arena of Verona is located exactly in Piazza Bra, and to reach this place you can do it on foot if you are doing a city tour, or you can go to this place using a private or rented car. Another way to get to the Amphitheater is by public transportation.

Among all the ways you have to get to the Roman Arena, one of the most economical is the tourist bus of the city. It is a system of free stops among which the Arena of Verona is included.

Another way to get to the Arena of Verona is to take a guided tour by bus or private car, taking into account that most of the private tours in the historic center of the city are on foot and you have to get to the meeting point on your own.

Tips for visiting the Arena of Verona

people in Piazza Bra|©luigi valbusa
people in Piazza Bra|©luigi valbusa
  • Wear comfortable shoes to visit the whole complex, as you will have to walk all inside the complex to have a wider panoramic view of everything the Arena of Verona has to show you.
  • Buy your tickets online and with enough time in advance, this way you are ensuring your visit and you avoid the long queues at the entrance of the complex, with thousands of tourists every year wanting to know this place.
  • If you go during the summer season, be sure to go to one of the shows presented at the Arena of Verona, because it is an experience of another level and category.
  • If you go with children or senior citizens, take advantage of the discounted and free tickets offered by the venue.
  • Ask for the audio guide so you can have much more information about the place you are visiting.
  • Buy the city card, which allows you to visit not only the Arena of Verona, but also many other interesting places in the city, for a reduced price.