Teatro Romano, Verona.

The theatre sits overlooking the river Adige across to the historical centre of Verona,on the hill of St Peter at the north-east of the city. Built in the 1st century BC, two walls were constructed along the river Adige between the Ponte di Pietra and the Ponte Postumio to protect it from floods before work began. Work stretched out over several decades which was not surprising considering the size of the undertaking. Over time the building suffered from the elements and natural disasters and eventually lay buried beneath the rubble and small houses for centuries. In the 1830s the Veronese Andrea Monga purchased the buildings and began the laborious task of demolishing these buildings, excavating the original theatre and restoring the ruins of this ancient building to be admired once more. Today one can see the cavea and the steps, several arcades of the loggias and the remains of the stage.

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