Arena of Verona, Verona, Italy

The arena of Verona is a Roman amphitheatre in the historic centre of Verona. Built in 30 AC, they could accommodate 30,000 spectators at that time. The amphitheatre is 152 metres long, 128 meters wide and 32 metres high. It is often considered the third Roman amphitheatre for its dimensions, after the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) in Rome and Capua amphitheatre. It is also the best preserved, especially the internal structures of the building. The bleachers can accommodate today 22,000 seated spectators. Since 1913, the arena hosts performances of opera in the Festival of Verona and its acoustics is truly remarkable. There are also other shows and concerts presented in the arena.

Tips

If you want to buy tickets to attend to an evening opera or buy a subscription for the festival, you will find the program of the festival and the price on the site of the arena several months in advance.
It would be also advisable to book your stay in advance. Remember that spectators from all over the world arrive at the festival and closer hotels fill up easily.
If you go just for a show, enjoy your stay being 2 or 3 days more in the city; you won’t regret it.

Poas Volcano, Costa Rica, Central America

Poas Volcano is a stratovolcano in Costa Rica. Very active, he has known at least 39 eruptive episodes since 1828. It is currently experiencing moderate activity. Located 37 km northwest of the capital San José, this volcano culminates at 2,708 m altitude. It is integrated into the Poas Volcano National Park. Its main crater hosts an acidic lake which regularly produces toxic sulphurous steams. It presents several eroded calderas, volcanic cones and three craters aligned, which contain crater lakes. The main crater is about two kilometers in diameter and is 300 metres deep. The green waters of the lake that occupies the bottom (Laguna Caliente) are highly acidic sulfur and hot (up to 85 ° C). You can also see the fumaroles of sulphide in the internal slopes of the crater. On the other hand, the other crater has had its last eruption there are 7,500 years. It is called Botos and its lake has cold water (Laguna Botos) which is connected with the river Angel. Until the volcano became a national park, people went there to fill glass bottles with acidic water from the crater, and they sold it in pharmacies to relieve muscle aches and also to put it in the hole of a cavity to cause the tooth to fall or it was also used to burn the warts, and to treat wounds.

Tips

The Poas is very often covered by clouds so before going there, ask for the weather conditions. And of course, you must be at the gate at the opening (8 h 00) because the clouds come down quickly.
It is almost 1 hour from San José and its access is easy. If you go by car, the parking is near the crater and you must walk a hundreds meters through a paved driveway.
Another option is to take a half-day trip from San José. There is a regular bus to get there. The ticket costs nearly nothing and the entrance to the park is approximately $10.00.
If the weather is good, take a walk to the Botos Lake and its forest of altitude at 2,400 metres, it’s worth it.

Trinity Bay, Quebec, Canada

Trinity Bay (Baie-Trinité)  is a municipality of Quebec in the Regional Municipality of Comté de Manicouagan on the North Coast. The village was named like that in honor of the Holy Trinity and it has a little more than 450 inhabitants. Located approximately at 721 km from Montreal and 495 km from Quebec City. The main economic activity is forest explotation, followed by the fishing and processing of sea products. It is also famous for its beaches and its thick forest that borders the river St-Laurent. ‘Les Îlets-Caribou and ‘Pointe-des-Monts’ lighthouse (at 10 km from the village) are also part of the municipality of Baie-Trinité. The lighthouse is located where the river becomes gulf; It was built in 1830 and it guided the ships from the Gulf of St-Laurent to Quebec. It was also witness of many shipwrecks. This rocky outcrop is frequented by large marine mammals including the blue whale and the white-sided dolphin.

Tips

If you go in Spring, you can practice a little common type of fisheing where you can pick up all “the caplan that rolls’ as you can. This small silver fish illuminates the waters of the gulf, shimmering in the moonlight.
If you like, you can also spend the night in the old lighthouse keeper’s house, in the house or in a tent. If you’re lucky, you could listen to the night concert of the breaths of whales. And in addition it may be that your concert coincides with the multicolored lights of the boreal auroras in the sky.
Take the Anse-aux-bouleaux trail, you’ll have a beautiful panoramic view and an abundance of cetaceans will be at your fingertips. You can also have a picnic on the edge of St-Laurent.
Here you will find toilets, platform tents, benches and tables, bicycles support and interpretive panels of the environmental place.