Halloween is just around the corner and keeping this in mind we want to show you Verona from a different prospective.
One of the most visited places in our city is the Verona Arena (Arena di Verona): a stunning amphitheater that is internationally famous for the opera performances given there and being the third largest roman amphitheater. It was built in 1st century, but there are some urban legends about it.
One of the legends tells the history of a very rich man in the city that was imprisoned and sentenced to death. On the eve of the execution, it is told that he received a visit from the Devil in his cell with a strange advice: since Verona had a big desire to have a huge theater, the man would have had to build one to gain freedom.
The prisoner remarked that there was no man capable of building such thing in the short time of one night, so he felt into the Devil’s trap: he would have one thousand demons working on building the theater in return of the man’s soul.
The man started regretting the agreed deal so he turned desperately to the Holy Virgin to ask her forgiveness, and spent his last night praying and regretting. Shortly before dawn, while the demons were about to finish the amphitheater, the bells of the Angelus pierced the sky. Because of the sincere repentance and faith of the man, the Virgin was touched and sent her angels to stop the demons’ work.
A huge amphitheater was standing in the city, stunning but unfinished, that established the defeat of the Devil, the realization of the desire of Verona and the liberation of the rich man.
If you want to know more urban legends like this one, we will be waiting you in Palazzo Victoria!