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Roman theater Verona


The roman theater in Verona is considered the most important roman theater of northern Italy. It was built in 1st century, when the hill of San Pietro became a monument at the open air. Before the theater, in this area romans built the Stone bridge, Postumio bridge and some walls on the Adige river to defend the new building from floods. Today just a few ruins are visible because in the past, the nature and the populations who lived in Verona didn't preserve it very well.

In the modern period, thanks to Andrea Monga, a rich merchant that bought the entire area, the theater was discovered and it was set up with demolitions and excavations. 
the original project of the roman theater
Just in 1904 the zone was bought by the city of Verona that continued with the works for renovating, making this a public area where everyone could admire the roman ruins. 
Nowadays just the "cavea" (in the past, the cavea were the subterranean cells in which wild animals were confined before the combats), the steps, a lot of arches and remains of the old scenes are visible and undamaged. Other things you can see are the main walls of the theater. On the top of the hill above the roman theater, in 1851 some remains of the temple that was raised on the theater were found. The building was made of terraces and it was 60 metres tall.
Now, above the steps there is the SS. Siro church of 10th century, that was rebuilt in 14th century and dedicated to S. Libera. Later other scenographic steps were added at the entry of the theater.
a view over the city from the topp of the roman theater

view from the left bank of Adige river

roman ruins in the roman theater

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