Built in the 1st century AD, the monumental Roman Arena is one of Italy’s largest and best preserved Roman amphitheaters. As we wandered the maze-like interior corridors and climbed the incredibly steep original stone staircases, I felt transported back to ancient times. We could vividly imagine the spectacle of gladiator fights, chariot races, and mock naval battles that once took place here as the crowd of 30,000 roared. Learning about the engineering feats required to create this structure with its elaborate underground passages and lifting mechanisms gave us greater appreciation for its grand size and remarkable preservation. As one of the top landmarks of Verona, no first-time visit is complete without exploring the arena’s impressive tiers of arches and passageways. This remarkably intact piece of history absolutely deserves a spot on any top 10 in Verona list.