The Roman Theater and Archaeological Museum were a highlight of our time in
Italy. The theater was built in the 1st century BC. After a few centuries, it
was no longer used and starting in the 10th century AD, houses, a church and a
convent were built on top of the theater. In time the theater was completely
hidden. In the 19th century, the hill was purchased and turned into a
archeological site which was excavated from 1834 to 1914.
The theater was
discovered in the 19th century by a businessman who bought the land to develop,
but decided he was more interested in finding Roman ruins. He was amply
rewarded. The original marble floor of the orchestra pit was uncovered, along
with the rows of stone seats. These days the theater is a popular outdoor
On the hill above in the ex-convent of San Gerolamo (15th
century) is the Archeological Museum. Along with a wealth of Roman artefacts
found all over Verona such as coins, mosaics, sculpture, etc., the museum has a
great view over the river and the city.