Verona amphitheatre

Verona amphitheatre damaged by falling star

By Region Culture News North-east Italy

The iconic Verona amphitheatre dating from Roman times, the Arena, was damaged by falling Christmas decorations on Monday.

During the dismantling work on the star of the comet in the Verona Arena, the base located inside the amphitheatre broke off and plummeted down to the cavea. This is where the audience stalls are located in the summer. Some of the steps were damaged, sources in the municipality of Verona said.

An inspection is currently underway with municipal technicians and the Superintendence for Archaeological and Architectural Heritage.

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Today is the day on which the Arena is closed to the public. This is why it was chosen for the dismantling operations of the star.

The star has been set up every year since 1984 during the Christmas holidays.

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