Verona ArenaThe arena is in the heart of Verona, and was purpose-built for gladiator shows in 30 AD. At that time, it seated 30,000 spectators and was the biggest amphitheatre in Italy after Rome. After an earthquake in 1117, only four arches remained. Aida, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, has been performed at the arena since 1913. Set in Pharaonic Egypt, it is named for the Nubian Princess Aida and lasts for over four hours.
Lake GardaAt a length of around 50 km, it is the biggest lake in Italy. To the north, it borders with the province of Trento, to the west with Lombardy and to the east with Veneto. The north bank of the lake is dotted with the romantic towns of Malcesine, Riva, Limone and Sirmione and is an extremely popular destination with mountain bikers and sailing enthusiasts and also, due to its strong winds, with windsurfers. The southern reaches of the lake are home to famed tourist destinations such as Bardolino, Lazise and Peschiera in the flat lands and boasts a milder climate. One absolute must: A boat trip over the lake.