When you are planning your next vacation to Italy add one more item to your to-do list. Although there’s already plenty to do and plenty to see, we’d like to suggest an evening at the theatre, a great way to get to know Italy’s comprehensive history and culture. Harking back to the age of the Renaissance, the art of Italian theatre has been refined and perfected through the centuries. Drama? Check. History? Check. Opera? Check. The modern Italian play has something for everyone. If you’ve already decided on viewing an Italian play, you’ll find that there are a plethora of different theatre options that are offered for any major region or city.
1. Arena di Verona
Built in 30 AD, the Arena di Verona is one of, if not the, oldest amphitheatres in Italy. Located in Verona’s buzzing Piazza Bra, the Arena di Verona hosts everything from the historical Italian play to the latest modern rock show. The summer season promises outdoor shows and fresh air. So whether you’re in the mood for Monteverdi or Pearl Jam, the Arena di Verona is sure to have something for everyone.
2. Terme di Caracalla
Translated as “The Baths of Caracalla,” the Terme di Caracalla is converted into a stage for the summer. Not to worry – these “baths” are no longer the site of public showers and the like, rather, they are a monumental testament to the beauty of ancient Roman architecture. Located near Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, the Terme di Caracalla boasts one of the largest stages in Italy and hosts venues such as ballet, choir, and drama. The Terme di Caracalla is hosted by Rome’s famous Teatro dell’Opera.
3. Teatro Massimo
If your vacation in Italy take you to Sicily, make sure to check out Teatro Massimo. Currently the largest Italian theatre in Europe, Teatro, Massimo is located in the city of Palermo. Massimo’s summer locale is Teatro di Verdura, an outdoor theater that seats up to 2,000 and is highly regarded for its pitch perfect acoustic. Avid movie fans will recognize that Teatro Massimo has been used in some major films- including The Godfather.
4. Teatro Alla Scala
We’ve saved the best for last and Teatro Alla Scala is, without a doubt, one of Italy’s most prestigious theatres. Many of Italy’s finest actors and singers have passed through here and the theatre also hosts a school for aspiring artists, musicians, and actors. The theatre boasts a bookshop, a bar, and a museum and can be found in Milan.
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