"Arena del Sole" Historical Buildings Tip by MM212

Historical Buildings, Bologna: 15 reviews and 45 photos

  Sculpture by Alfredo Neri
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  • Sculpture by Alfredo Neri - Bologna
      Sculpture by Alfredo Neri
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  • The 1888 façade by Gaetano Rubbi - Bologna
      The 1888 fašade by Gaetano Rubbi
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Designed for daytime open-air theatrical shows by Carlo Aspari, the Arena del Sole was completed in 1810 on a site that was formerly occupied by the convent of Santa Maria Maddalena. The main fašade, however, was built in 1888 after the creation of Via dell'Indipendenza, which necessitated new construction along the length of the grand thoroughfare. The Neoclassical design was the work of Gaetano Rubbi, while the interesting overhanging sculptures were by Alfredo Neri. It originally only played shows from Easter until September, but in 1916, a removable roof was added to allow for year-round shows. The theatre continues to function to this day.

Address: via dell'Indipendenza, 44
Website: http://www.arenadelsole.it

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2009
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